The King of Litel Bretaygn loses his wife during the birth of his beautiful daughter and decrees that no one shall marry her unless he is bested in a joust. One day, however, when the girl is lost in the forest, a fairy knight rapes her. The knight says she will birth a son, and leaves his sword with her to give the boy when he’s old enough to find his father. The girl becomes pregnant, but worries about her and her father’s reputation, so she has the baby left at an hermitage. He is christened and given to the hermit’s sister to raise. When the boy is 10 he returns to the hermitage, and at 20 learns of his mysterious arrival. Degaré is given a letter and gloves that were left with him all those years ago. The enchanted gloves will only fit on his mother’s hands, so he sets out to find her.