Leonato the Governor of Messina has received a letter telling, him Don Pedro, Count Claudio, Benedict and Don John will be coming to stay after war.
Benedict, a soldier, meet his previous girlfriend Beatrice again. Beatrice is Leonato's niece. Benedick and Beatrice like to insult each other. Beatrice thinks men are idiots and Benedick swears to never marry.
Claudio and Hero (daughter of Leonato) fall in love with each other at first sight. Don Pedro offers to be Claudio to woo Hero. The plans is by the end of the night Hero will agree to marry Claudio.