In an ethereal scene, lit by a soft, delicate light, a garden of bare peach trees appears. The petals of the flowers have fallen to the ground, the lanterns still hang from the branches. It seems that winter has passed or is about to arrive. Three characters behind their masks, like shadows, appear on the scene. They tell an ancient story, that of Princess Turandot, victim of a curse that has involved the whole kingdom. Her frozen heart cannot love, feel emotions and so her kingdom loses vigour, light and hope. Only the arrival of someone of great courage could break the spell that has made her the Ice Princess and the whole kingdom could return to shine and love.