Young Giovanni Guasconti, comes to Padua to pursue his studies, and he invests in a living space within an old dismal palace.
Giovanni witnesses Doctor Giacomo Rappacini, a peculiar, tall, and sickly man, working in the opulent garden outside his window.
As Giovanni continues looking at the garden in awe, Rappaccini calls his daughter, Beatrice Rappaccini, to help him with a plant with purple gems. Beatrice encapsulates health and beauty. Giovanni finds it a bit strange that only Beatrice could touch the plant.
Beatrice! Beatrice! Attend to the flower.
Giovanni meets university professor Pietro Baglioni. He warns Giovanni to stay away from Rappaccini because he poisoned Beatrice with his plants.
Stay away from Rappacini! He has no interest in humans.
Giovanni finds himself madly in love with the beautiful Beatrice. Ignoring Baglioni's remarks, he buys Beatrice a bouquet of flowers. Giovanni spots Beatrice smelling the purple flower. As she picks up the flower, a dew drop falls and immediately kills a lizard underneath.
Determined Giovanni finds an entrance into Rappaccini's garden, so he can finally make contact with Beatrice.