On a tip from his brother, King Shahriyar discovers that his wife is being unfaithful. Incredibly distraught by her infidelity, he kills her and vows that each night he will take a young woman into his bedroom, spend the night with her, and kill her as soon as the sun touches the walls. Making good of his promise, the surviving women are scared. Sharaz-De, a beautiful woman from a distant land, voluntarily comes to the king. In the night, she tells him a sad story about a hunter and his falcon. Will he enjoy the story enough to spare her life?