New version in post #12!
This clocks in at 484 words, and what I hear is a synopsis is generally supposed to be below 500. Right? Eh who knows. Thanks for taking a look!! Leave a link in a comment so I can critique yours. :)
Life in fairytale Russia isn’t all magic and adventure. For one, magic use has been outlawed, and two, the citizens of Russia are too busy trying to make a living to go on any adventures, thank you very much.
Twelve-year-old goatherd ANYA KOZLOVA is having a bad day. To start, it’s almost her birthday, and the first one ever that her father won’t be there for. He’s been conscripted, and is in Tartary fighting against the Saracens. To make matters worse, she comes home from a day of chasing her pet goat to discover the corrupt village magistrate is trying to sell her home to well-to-do associates of the Tsar. The only way she can prevent being evicted is to pay him 250 rubles within 30 days.
Fortunately for Anya, there’s a dragon in the area. The Tsar has issued a bounty for the dragon: 1,000 rubles for its capture. Determined to catch the dragon and pay off the magistrate, Anya enlists her friend IVAN’s help, and they set traps for the dragon. The dragon follows Anya home, and she sees it chasing chickens in her barn before it flees into the night.
Encouraged by the dragon’s appearance, Anya and Ivan step up their pursuit. But a Viking arrives in the village with a sinister message: interfere with his hunt of the dragon, and die. To complicate matters further, Anya meets the nightmarish BABA YAGA in the forest, and the old witch is also searching for the dragon.
Anya and Ivan interfere with the Viking too many times, so he makes good on his threat. Anya and Ivan are saved from the Viking’s deadly trap by a surprising ally: the dragon, named HÅKON. Anya and Ivan know they can’t turn Håkon over to certain death at the Tsar’s hands. After all, he saved their lives, plus Anya’s goat likes him. They formulate a plan: trick the Viking into leaving and help Håkon return home.
But before they can execute the plan, the Viking finds the trio and takes Håkon, intending to use the dragon’s blood for an enchantment. In her desperation, Anya seeks help from Baba Yaga in the swamp, and the witch gives Anya a surefire way to kill the Viking—if she can catch him in time. Atop cliffs at the edge of town, Anya and the Viking face off, but Anya is unable to bring herself to use Baba Yaga’s weapon to kill the Viking. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to: Anya’s goat followed her, and he butts the Viking off the cliff.
Ivan finds a loophole in the magistrate’s tax claim, and with his father, they contest Anya’s family’s eviction. She gets the best birthday gift ever: a letter from her father. Together with Ivan, Håkon, and her goat, Anya goes to her favorite spot, a waterfall near the village, and enjoys the sunset in the company of her new friends.