Prospero has conjured up a magical, tempestuous storm to terrorise his enemies.
Miranda sees the ship. Prospero explains that he used to be the Duke of Milan, but his brother (Antonio) overthrew him and sent them away in a boat with no sails.
The storm caused the courtiers and sailors wash up on the island, but Prospero decides to make them land on different beaches. He also orders Ariel (his spirit helper) to torment Ferdinand (son and heir of Alonso).
Antonio tries to persuade Sebastian to kill Alonso.
Antonio and Sebastian try to kill Alonso and Gonzalo but Ariel wakes them up just in time. Meanwhile, Caliban, Trinculo and Stefano agree to kill Prospero and take over the island.
Ferdinand meets Miranda and they instantly fall in love because Prospero uses his magic to meddle. Prospero also gave Ferdinand lots of tasks, such as chopping up wood, to do to test him.