A boat tossed about in the storm contains the king of Naples, his son Ferdinand, his brother Sebastian, and the uprising duke of Milan Gonzalo ( Including his butler Stephano, his jester Trinculo and a few others)
From afar, watches Miranda, daughter of the wizard Prospero, and her father. Miranda is worried about the people on the ship because of the storm her father caused while her father assured her that no harm will come to the people on the ship.
Prospero then explains to Miranda how he once was the Duke of Milan and how they used to live a life of luxury and comfort, but then his brother exiled them on a boat without anyone knowing. They were stuck in sea for a while but the waves guided them to this island where they settled.
Prospero summons Ariel, his servant spirit. Ariel explains that he has carried out Prospero’s orders: He destroyed the ship and dispersed its passengers across the island. Prospero instructs Ariel to be invisible and spy on them. Ariel asks when he will be freed, and Prospero tells him off for being ungrateful, promising to free him soon.
Prospero decides to visit his other servant, Caliban, but Miranda is reluctant, describing him as a monster. Prospero agrees that Caliban can be rude and unpleasant but says he is invaluable to them because he collects their firewood.
When Prospero and Miranda meet Caliban, readers and play-goers learn that he is native to the island, but Prospero turned him into a slave, raising issues of morality and fairness in the play. Prospero reminds Caliban that he tried to violate his daughter.