Great excitement reigns in the royal hunting grounds. The prince has proclaimed his hunt and wants to bag wild pig, and receive a ceremonial maiden. The poaching community, so full of the love of life, are unable to provide both.
The royal master of the hunt, Baron Weps, is willing to present the prince with a tame pig and a widow for a high bribe. But the hunt is cancelled. The baron, who did not wish to return the money, presents his nephew as the prince.
The princess then arrives to catch her husband, in flagranti. At the same time, Adam the bird seller comes to visit his fiancee Christel. Christel wishes to ask the prince to give Adam a job.
A jolly play of mistaken identities, jealousy and love commences.