An epic, coming-of-age journey told through the lens of a Swedish fairy tale. Set initially in 19th century Sweden and ending in the American state of Minnesota, The Forest King's Daughter tells the story of Ingrid, a young teenager, who lives with her parents and younger brothers in rural Värmland. They are poor farmers who have suffered hardship and death.
Ingrid has finished her schooling and is now bound to catechism lessons. Meanwhile a new schoolteacher has come to the village. He and Ingrid become good friends, to the chagrin of the all-powerful village church, and eventually her parents, who forbid their meeting.
Ingrid’s desire to stand up for what she believes in leads her far from her home and family. While this is the story of a single young woman, it is also the story of hundreds of women like her who emigrated to America in the 19th century.