Its been 50 years since the witch of the waste last terrorized the land of Ingary, so when a tall black castle appears on the horizon, moving daily from place to place, everyone thinks it's the Witch. But it belongs to Wizard Howl who, it is said, like to suck the souls out of young girls. Quietly working in her fathers hat shop. Sophie is happy not to venture into the streets alone...until the day the dreadful Witch turns her into an old lady. Now Sophie must seek her fortune on the open road, where her dull life becomes adventurous indeed.