Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In this Chinese fantasy, based on ancient legends, the Snake Prince is a semi-supernatural being, royalty among snake-kind, with the power to turn into a man at will. In Kwangsi, the Miao tribe is suffering from a serious drought, and the Snake Prince offers to help them. His price is marriage to the third daughter of the village chief. After helping divert the waters of a large river to aid the villagers, he is about to be deprived of his prize by the villagers, but when the young woman hears of the bargain (she has been kept in the dark until now), she insists that the marriage go forward.
aristocracy, drought, love, marriage, marriage-arranged, self-sacrifice, supernatural