A play about a prince who always wishes for something to be passionate about. He was a scholar, but then went home. He was a soldier but didn't like blood and guts. He plotted and killed his father in order to become king (he was tricked by his stepmother and brother). He was a beggar. Then he became a farmer and lived with a widow. But he wanted a perfect moment, maybe glory. The entire play he is guided by a singing and dancing spirit, probably representing his ambition.

At the end of the play, the spirit and other spirits try to get Pippin to step in a box and disappear in a flash. He rejects them for the widow and the unglorious life. The message seemed to be "Stay put, be happy with what you have." Still an entertaining play, especially the spirit of ambition.