This story, in French, takes place in the city of Agra, the capital of the Mogul kingdom in India, where the good King Sikandar has just died.
As is the tradition, the marvellous royal bird, hôma, is called to choose the successor to the throne among those gathered. When the bird lands on the shoulder of little Sitâ, who is a young servant at the palace, Jahan, the cruel vizier with a long beard, pushes her aside and imposes himself as successor. Only the horse groom Chintu dares to protest, but the cruel vizier has him thrown into a dungeon.
The kingdom then sinks into a dark period.
Ten years later, Chintu is freed. He never stopped thinking about the injustice that had been done to Sitâ. He immediately sets off towards the mountains where he encounters the royal bird, who gives him a key in the form of a jewel. It will enable Sitâ to become queen.
But what lock does the fabulous key open? Will Chintu manage to foil mean Jahan's deceitful plans?
This tale, illustrated by paintings inspired by Indian miniatures, brings to life, in an epic way, an object from the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts in Paris.