Chihiro is a capricious and headstrong ten-year-old girl who believes that the entire universe should bow to her wishes. When her parents, Akio and Yugo, tell her that they have to move house, she becomes furious without hiding her feelings. On the way to their new home, the family takes a wrong turn and appears at the end of a mysterious dead end. There stands a red building with an endless tunnel in the center that leads to a ghostly town where a magnificent banquet awaits them. Aldo and Yugo dive into the food. Chihiro looks at her parents, who are still devouring plate after plate, when they are suddenly transformed into pigs. They have accidentally entered a world inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings, dominated by the diabolical Yu-baba, a harpy sorceress, who explains to Chihiro that intruders are transformed into animals and then killed to ceme them.