At the prison, the Troll King puts everyone to sleep with magic dust and frees the Evil Queen. The Queen uses magic to have Prince Wendell and her Golden Retriever swap forms, so Wendell is now a dog and the Queen's dog now looks like Wendell. In a panic, the transformed Wendell flees through the Prison and stumbles across a traveling mirror in a storage room. Wendell leaps through the mirror and is transported to New York City (the titular Tenth Kingdom). The Troll King orders his children Burly, Blabberwort, and Bluebell (none of whom are very bright), to bring back the escaped Prince, so through the mirror the three trolls go.