The Queen of a magic kingdom is planning to surprise Princess Annika, her daughter with a birthday present. However, she discovers that Annika has snuck out of the palace on her own to a nearby ice rink. While enjoying herself skating, Annika comes across a little polar bear. She decides to name him Shiver and takes him home. By the time Annika gets back to her overprotective parents, they are so upset that they order her to never go skating again.
Annika disregards her parents’ worry over her and sneaks out again that night, this time to a nearby festival. Wenlock a mysterious wizard materializes to request the princess marry him. Annika declines his proposal. Angry, Wenlock informs her parents of what happened to their “other daughter,” shocking Annika. Then, Wenlock casts a spell that transforms the court into stone statues. Annika is rescued in the nick of time by Brietta, a winged horse. Before they escape Wenlock says to her that the spell he cast will become permanent unless she marries him within three days.
Brietta carries Annika to the Cloud Kingdom, a castle in the sky. Annika learns there “the other daughter” that the wizard as talking about is in fact, Brietta, whom Wenlock turned into a Pegasus after she also refused the wizard’s hand in marriage (thus revealing why Annika’s parents were so very protective of her). Annika and Brietta come to the decision that she must to break Wenlock’s spells. And the way to do this is to create a “Wand of Light”. The ingredient they need is a measure of courage, a ring of love and a gem of ice shining with hope’s eternal flame. In case she needs any assistance in her quest, The Cloud Queen provides Brietta with a crystal bell to ring if they need help.
Brietta flies Annika and Shiver to the Forbidden Forest to start their quest. Their, they encounter Aidan, a young man who helps them when they get caught up in a net and joins them. Later on their journey, Annika and shiver end up into a giant’s stew pot, Only Annika’s quick thinking saves them. She fools the giant into chaining himself to a post. Then, with the aid of her long hair ribbon, she manages to pull both her and Shiver to safety. To her surprise, once they escape, the ribbon, which is as long as she is tall, has become the “measure of courage” and transforms into the staff needed for the Wand of Light.
The group trades Annika’s skates map to their next piece of the wand, but it turns out to be a forgery. They wind up in a huge cave filled with jewels of all sorts. There they come across a signpost that says the can only take what they need when they leave. Shiver, however causes the roof to collapse when he becomes too fascinated by the shiny gems. They barely escape with their lives, only managing to get two gems. With one of the gems, Aidan begins to fashion the wand. He confesses to the others that he took the extra gem to repay his parents after running away and gambling their money away. He expresses his hope that if he gives them the other gem in repayment they will find it in their hearts to forgive him.
To create the ring of lover, Brietta provides her tiara. Thus, now that they have all three components are “Wand of Light” is can be and is put together. Annika decides the wand needs to be tested. With all her heart she ask for Brietta to be transformed back into a human being, to the groups delight, she is.
Annika and Brietta fly back to the Cloud Kingdom on the backs of Pegasi called by ringing the Cloud Queen’s magic bell. The evil wizard, Wenlock, however chases them and injures Brietta in the process. Furious at the wizard, Annika commands the wand to destroy him, but the wand does nothing. Out of choices, Annika finally relents and accepts Wenlock’s marriage offer in hopes that he restore her parents . Wenlock will not, claiming that she is spiteful, just as his other wives were. Sneering at her, he grabs the wand from Annika’s hand and departs, causing an avalanche which buries her.
Aidan arrives and digs the unconscious Annika out from the snow. He and Brietta then take her Annika to the Cloud Kingdom where Annika recovers. The trio decide to head to the wizards’ castle. After being persuaded by Rose, Blush gives Annika more time, by not turning the clouds to dusk. The fly to the castle on the backs of Pegasi. While Brietta stands guard, Annika, Aidan, and Shiver sneak into Wenlock’s green castle. The encounter the wizard’ Griffin, which attacks. Aiden fights it off while as Annika hunts for the wand. She finds it, but loses its gem. Aidan, however, still has the jewel he took for his parents, and offers it to Annika to replace the lost one.
Now understanding that she can’t use the Wand to angrily destroy, Annika commands it to defeat Wenlock, not for hate, but because she loves of her family and friends. Wenlock’s magic powers are taken away and his spells are broken. Annika takes Brietta back to her family and together with their parents they celebrates their reunion. Meanwhile, Aidan returns to his family, and receives his father’s forgiveness. He invites Annika to visit him and his father as well. Later, Aidan and Annika are enjoying a skate in the palace in the clouds, watched by Brietta and the Cloud Queen. They are now happily married. Remarking on how happy the pair look, she presents the want to the Queen, who tells her that it will forever have a special place, becoming the first star at night.
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