The story begins with Montresor telling how Fortunato insults him for the last time and he wants revenge.
During the Carnival in Italy, Montresor runs into Fortunato, and offers to share a nice bottle of wine. However, this bottle is in his catacombs. It is late at night and Fortunato seems ill.
Montresor takes Fortunato to his wine cellar.Fortunato starts getting cold and coughing uncontrollably.So every time he coughs, Montresor tells him to drink some alcohol because supposedly its calms the coughing. But Montresor was actually trying to get Fortunato even more drunk.