Seven-spotted ladybug Rube lives in a glass cage inside a greenhouse inside a glassy laboratory. He longs for legendary bug utopia Golden Canyon. When he helps dragonfly Master Water escape wasp guards that have chased him into the laboratory, he accepts the suggestion to travel together. But Master Water has no intention of going to Golden Canyon, and abandons Rube. At a nearby pond, a frog prince nearly swallows Master Water whole. Rube comes to his rescue, his parrying making the frog’s lashing tongue become knotted in water reeds. When Rube sets him free, the frog sends his royal guards to escort them to a giant bird that flies over Golden Canyon.