The flurries, the icy imps of the Snow Queen, conjure up a cruel spell to make a magical mirror that reflects the ugly side of humanity. Less than impressed, the Snow Queen smashes the mirror to set in motion her more dastardly plan. While cousins Gerda and Kay play tag, Kay gets a shard of the mirror stuck in his eye. It turns him into a rotten brat. The Snow Queen kidnaps the boy and takes him to her Ice Castle. On her journey to rescue her best friend, timid Gerda encounters a cursed gardener, talking flowers, a mischievous fox, giggle-inducing snickerdoodles, a know-it-all crow, a generous princess, rowdy robbers and a gypsy's jar of warm wishes. Once at the castle, Gerda uses the jar of warm wishes to melt the flurries and the magical cookies to warm Kay's heart. The Snow Queen calls for her flurries to stop Gerda and Kay, but the flurries do not come. Gerda apologies for melting the Snow Queen's faithful friends and gives the saddened villain a hug. That hug fills the Snow Queen with warmth. Her flurries return, now as sunbeams and transform the Snow Queen into the Sun Queen.