Once, a poor boy named Ma Liang lived in a small village in China. He wanted to be an artist and drew pictures everywhere. One night, he dreamt that an old man gave him a magic paintbrush to help poor people. In the morning, when he woke up, he found the magic paintbrush on his desk. From that day on, he used the paintbrush to help people.
When people had no water to use in the fields, he drew a river and the river came to life. One day, he drew some rice for the hungry man. A few days later, a rich man heard about Ma Liang. He was very greedy and planned to steal the paintbrush from the young boy. He ordered his guards to imprison Ma Liang. He took the magic paintbrush and felt very happy.