There is a king who has a very unique justice system. When it is time for somebody to be punished, the king will send the prisoner to two doors. Behind one door is a tiger, and the other door a lady who the prisoner will marry. The prisoner receives the consequence of either door.
There is a young man who falls in love with the princess, the king's daughter. The king disapproves of this because he doesn't think the young man is worthy enough to marry his daughter. He makes this young man a prisoner.
The princess takes time to deliberate between sending the young man to the tiger or to the lady when he asks which door he should go to. The woman that the young man will marry is despised by the princess, but she also doesn't want to see him die.
The young man is put to the test to choose a door. He looks over at the princess for guidance of which door to open. Without hesitation, the princess sends him to the door on the right.
The princess sends the young man to the door with the tiger. The princess witnesses the young man get eaten and killed by the tiger. She chooses to watch the young man die rather than watch the man she was in love with marry the woman she hated.
The story ends with the princess losing the man that she was once in love with. She continues to dwell over the decision that she pondered over for days. She feels fairly confident that the correct decision was made, but there are parts of her than regret the decision. The king's justice system continues to be used.