Bibble the puffball is concerned that he is an embarrassment to his friends. Elina, his fairy friend decides to make him feel better and appreciated by telling him a story about Mariposa, a butterfly fairy in distant Flutterfield a far away kingdom of fairies who have beautiful butterfly-like wings.
In the story, the queen of Flutterfield has been poisoned by Henna her attendant, who wishes to rule the kingdom herself. Because of Henna’s evil act, the lights that protect Flutterfield is in danger of dying, since this happens when the queen is dead. The loss of the lights will let the monstrous fairy-eating “Skeezites” to return to threaten Flutterfield again. Mariposa and her friends/employers, Rayna and Rayla, have only a little time to find a cure for the poison to save the queen and the kingdom, and that cure is to be found in the mysterious and distant Cave of Reflections.
Their search takes them far outside of the light so Flutterfield, and after the sun goes down, the Skeezites show up and chase them. The three butterfly fairies finally elude them by traveling through a gate of red plants. Their map to the potential source of a cure however is lost to the hungry Skeezites, and all Mariposa can remember about it is that it had the sun drawn on it. She is sure that mean they must travel east. And the next morning the three do just that.
In the Wilderness, they meet Zinzie, a small flying rabbit. In exchange for a packet of tasty fluttercorn, Zinzie shows them to a statue of a mermaid. They all dive into a nearby lake where Mariposa asks the mermaids there about how to find the Cave of Reflections. The mermaids will help, but only if the fairy’s bring them Concho shells. The problem is that the Conch shells are used by merbabies as pillows, and one doesn’t dare disturb a merbaby, because their cries call a sea monster. Rayla comes up with a plan to swap wrapped up plants for the conch shells. This almost works, as they very carefully replace the shells, but one of the babies awakes because one of the plants wasn’t wrapped tightly enough, and its cries wake all the others. And their cries call the sea monster. Rayna, Zinzie and Rayla distract the monster as they swim in different directions while Mariposa takes the conch shells to the mermaids. In the end, the mermaids help them all get away from the sea monster.
Back in Flutterfield, the prince who is also trying to find an antidote is captured by the Queen’s captain of the guards and interrogated. Willa, Mariposa’s best friend frees him, then reveals she suspects Henna of evil acts. The two follow the queen’s and discover she has found a way to control Skeezites. They also overhear Henna planning to take over Flutterfield.
With directions given by the mermaids, Mariposa and her friends fly to the Cave of Reflections but discover that it is guarded by Skeezites. Zinzie creates a diversion, allowing the four to enter with out being seen. In the cave they first encounter talkative reflections of them selves, then finally the Fairy of the Cave, who takes the group to different parts of the cave, leaving one behind at each on until only Mariposa is left to follow. At this point the Fairy of the Cave brings her to a chamber that is lit by constellations of start. She explains to Mariposa that one of the starts holds the antidote she needs. Mariposa cleverly discovers the star by following where the constellation of the archer was pointing. And not only does she gain the antidote, but for her cleverness, Mariposa is given a grander set of gorgeous, sparkly wings.
The four hurry back home to find the Skeezites attacking the Royal fairy castle. Mariposa learns that Henna was behind the queen’s poisoning and she races to provide the antidote that will save the queen’s life. Henna attempts to stop her, but Marabella succeeds in getting the antidote to Queen Marabella in time. Henna escapes with the Skeezites who flee the renewed brightness of the queen’s lights again. In honor of their bravery and heroism Queen Marabella gifts each of the heroines with a special floral crown. Ever since, Mariposa knows she belongs, having learned that that she is worthy of her friends acceptance and love by being just who she is.
(This film is a part of the Barbie “Fairytopia” series, but is not a canon sequel to the previous films).
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