Wilhelm, a lowly clerk, and Käthchen, the daughter of a well-to-do forester, wish to get married. But Wilhelm must first demonstrate the brawny skills of a huntsman for Käthchen's father to approve. What to do? Along comes Pegleg with an offer Wilhelm can't resist. According to director Mark Jackson, "The Black Rider is a fairy-tale for adults about how fear and self-doubt can lead us to sell out our integrity for a shortcut to our hopes and dreams."