A prince is changed into a beast and told that before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose he must find true love. Belle lives in a village where she is seen as odd by all but Gaston, a handsome, egotistical man who wants to marry her. Her father, an inventor, goes off into the woods and gets lost, stumbling upon the Beast's castle. The Beast finds him and locks him up. When Belle learns of his whereabouts, she rushes to his aid and trades her freedom for her father's.
Beauty and the Beast is about romantic love and parental love, which are both powerful and sometimes at odds.