Besotted with Annabel Lee, though she rebukes his affections, the poet purchases a love potion that unwittingly poisons her. Distraught to find her dead, he tosses her body into the ocean, ready to follow her into the depths himself, but too cowardly at the last minute. Unable to live with the truth he concocts a love poem that gains him fame. Many moons later, he is amazed when he spots his fair Annabel rising from the water. He confesses to her the truth and she pulls him into a kiss, so deep and intense that he falls into the water. Though he scrambles to swim, he cannot escape her iron vise and her kiss drowns him. Annabel has returned as a vengeful rusalka who drowns all men who ventures to the kingdom by the sea,.