There is trouble in Wonderland. The king is gone and his court overthrown. The kingdom is now under the control of the queen and her ruthless cousin, Elzana Blackheart. Taking advantage of her cousin’s naivety and insecurities, Blackheart has reshaped the kingdom to fit her own preferences for purity and perfection. Anything not in line with such is considered expendable. However, the birth of the queen’s daughter, Wonderland's future Queen of Hearts, creates a fissure in the stranglehold Blackheart has over the kingdom. Threatened by the newborn’s existence, with bright red hair and birthmarks, Blackheart orders the queen’s servants to dispose of the baby girl. Underlying opposition to Blackheart’s injustices boils to the surface leading one servant, Marie, to flee the palace with the newborn. Marie’s disappearance and sudden physical changes in the queen leave Blackheart questioning everything. Seven years pass before the queen finds Marie with the estranged child she thought to be dead. In a matter of days, Blackheart orders executions that cause the child, named Red, to lose the only family she had ever known. The queen and Blackheart do not see eye to eye on Red’s future. The queen wants her to have one, Blackheart does not. As a compromise, the child must live as a servant in the palace and learn to fend for herself. Against Blackheart’s wishes, the queen establishes a connection with her estranged daughter. Their relationship grows. However, with the arrival of a second princess, born to fanfare and hope, Red is pushed Red away from the queen once again. On the night the newborn is formally introduced to the kingdom, many gifts are presented to the queen but a jewel-encrusted egg becomes the talk of the event. Though its intended recipient remains unclear, a mysterious cat slyly leads Red to its whereabouts. Mesmerized by its beauty, Red spends months caring for the egg knowing that it will one day hatch. When it does, a unique creature, part eagle and part lion, emerges. Red hides it and cares for it as best as she can, but Blackheart soon discovers the animal, recognizes it to be a mythical gryphon, and confiscates it. Furious by her recent discoveries, Blackheart captures Red and demands that she be executed. The queen knows she will not be able to protect her daughter from Blackheart’s wrath for much longer. Conflicted, but determined to protect Red, the queen expels the girl from the kingdom. This act of genuine concern and compassion frees her from the curse. In a final attempt to rid herself of the child in a more permanent way, Blackheart arranges to have her own personal guards escort the girl out of the kingdom and execute her. The men taunt and abuse the child, causing her fragile psyche to crack and her blood to stain the earth. Red’s cries of anguish are muffled by cheers from the guards, but a loud roar from high above silences the moment. Before anyone can react, the gryphon descends upon the group, crushing Red’s assailants. In a matter of moments, all that remains standing is the gryphon and the girl it is destined to protect.