Lilliana Hoffman dies in a carriage
accident in the woods, caused by wolves that attack both the horses and the coachman
. Her husband Fredric, at his dying wife's urging, reluctantly performs a caesarean section
to save their unborn daughter. Years later, the young Lily Hoffman — the Snow White of the title, although she is never addressed or referred to as such in the film — plays mischievously
on the grounds of the Hoffman estate. Lily reluctantly meets her new stepmother, Lady Claudia who gives the reticent
Lily a Rottweiler puppy. Lily is pleased, but runs off with the puppy without thanking her.