Egeus is angry at his daughter Hermia so he brings her to Theseus (Duke of Athens) he also bring Lysander-who Hermia is in love with- and Demetrius-who Egeus wants Hermia to marry. Theseus tells Hermia she either do as her father says and marry Demetrius or go to the convent.
Hermia and Lysander decide to run away together so they can get married. they tell Hermia's friend Helena-who is in love with Demetrius.
Helena tell Demetrius of Lysander and Hermia's plan to try and make him like her. But Demetrius rushes of into the woods and Helena tries to follow.