After a battle,two knights who where cousins were found half dead, and taken as prissioners. Arcita and Palamon were locked in the tower were they were condemned to liveuntil death.
The two knights were locked up and during that time as prissioners they both fell in love with Emily.
Palamon has already seen Emily and is already in love with her, when Arcita arrives and sees a beautiful woman in the garden he ask if it is Venuspresenting as a human. To which Palamon gets angry asking who could he come and Seay he loves the woman he is already in love with.
After Palamon found out that Arcita was in love with his love, at night they both fought until Lord Thebes found out that were fighting without haveing a judge, so he made them face a judge.
Both Palamon and Arcita are being judged for the disput that they carried out during the night after being judge the two knights were given there punishment.
Palamon is condemned to prison but can still see Emily and Arcita is exailed to where he wants but he shall no see his love anymore. And the end it is ask -Who suffers worst, Arcita or Palamon?