A van transporting tiny Tiffany to the orphanage is attacked by three robbers. She believes the attackers when they tell her that her father is a Maharajah willing to pay a huge ransom to get her back. They take Tiffany back to their den, located in the heart of a gloomy forest. Eventually, the young prisoner is led to believe that the orphanage is run by a cruel harpy who forces the children under her care to pick sugar beets. Tiffany and the robbers go to the aid of the small children in the hopes of putting an end to the despotic reign of the shrew.
Based on a book by Tomi Ungerer.