The princess lives with her barbaric father, the king, who rules their kingdom. He is calm, but loves to punish wrongdoers.
The princess falls for a handsome, young man and has an affair with him. The king finds out and takes him to publically decide his fate. He must choose between two doors one has a tiger behind and the other a lady he will have to marry.
As the princess sees her lover's fearful face they make eye contact and she makes a subtle gesture pointing at which door he should choose.
The princess' lover approaches the door she points to without hesitation.