Ella (Anne Hathaway) lives in a fanciful and magical world where all children are given a "gift" from a fairy Godmother at the moment of their birth. Little Ella's birthright is the gift - and curse - of obedience. As a result of this unfortunate circumstance, Ella cannot refuse any command, and is often left at the mercy of unscrupulous personalities. In a bid to regain control of her life, Ella goes on a quest to free herself of this mysterious curse. Ella must outwit a kingdom filled with ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, talking books, and evil plots. And if she's lucky, she may find love along the way.