William Tell is summoned into town to plead on behalf of his jailed son, Christian. On his way home he falls into an ice cave and in his unconscious state is given three arrows by an ice warrior; one for truth, one deceit and one to gain nothing. When Tell refuses to bow to the evil Governor's hat, the irate Governor declines to release his son unless Tell shoots an apple from Christian's head. Tell aims and fires a perfect shot and insults the Governor for which he himself is jailed along with his son. The governor attempts to transfer Tell to a special dungeon and on the way Tell escapes, killing the Governor with the deceit arrow. As Tell rushes to free his son, he comes across the coach carrying the fleeing Lady Margaret, evil Mistress of the Governor's court. Realising that this last arrow would gain him nothing, he spares her life and instead gives her the arrow. She departs in peace.