King Leontes of Sicilia has falsely accused his wife Hermione
of bearing an illegitimate child fathered by his friend Polixenes.
He has ordered his courtier, Antigonus, to abandon the infant on
a foreign shore.
Antigonus reluctantly complies in order to save the baby, named
Perdita, from being murdered by its jealous father. A storm brews
as Antigonus bids farewell to the child, and he exits "pursued
by a bear."
An old peasant enters in search of sheep lost by his adolescent
son. He discovers the baby and decides to rescue it. The son arrives
after having seen Antigonus devoured by the bear and his ship sunk
in the storm. The two discover that a cache of gold has been left
with the baby for them.
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