There was once a knight named Virginius. He had a daughter called Virginia.
Virginia was beautiful, she had golden hair, and an excellent moral character. She was also virtuous not only because she had not lost a virginity but because she was modest, sweet-tempered and avoided wild parties involving alcohol.
One day, Virginia goes into the temple. She is noticed by the region's judge, Appius, who immediately begins to desire her.
Knowing that she is too wise and and good to be seduced, he designs a plan. He pays someone named Claudius to appear in court claiming that Virginius is his own servant, and that Virginius has stolen her. Her father tries to explain that it is a lie but Appius rules that Virginius must turn Virginia over to Claudius, who can then secretly bring Virginia to Appius.
Realizing that his daughter's virginity is about to be forcefully stolen, Virginius tells her that the only way to prevent it is to kill her. Virginia is horrified at first but agrees that death is better than dishonor. Virginia not able to kill herself, her afther cuts off her head and brings it to the Judge, who orders him to be hanged.
However, the crowd of people present know that the judge is deceitful and lecherous. They take Virginius's defense, seize Appius, and cast him into prison, where he kills himself. Claudius is sentenced to be hanged, but Virginius takes has empathy and gets him exiled instead.