In ancient Greece, the conqueror Theseus decides to take two wounded enemies captive instead of taking their lives. Consequently, the two cousins named Arcite and Paloman have lived in a prisoner tower for several years. One day Paloman and Arcite look out the window to see a beautiful woman. The two cousins instantly fall in love and argue over her.
*the mysterious beautiful woman is seen making garlands one spring morning*
One day, a duke petitions for Arcite's freedom. Theseus grants Arcite his freedom on the condition that he never returns to this land again.
I will respect your wish. Paloman is a wise and humble man.
Arcite moves to a faraway land. Although he is thankful for finally being granted freedom after several years, he is heartbroken that he can never see his love again.
The determination of the two cousins causes them to take drastic measures to ensure they win Emelye's heart; Arcite returns to the city in disguise and Paloman escapes prison. The two warriors confront each other in the forest and begin to violently fight and quarrel. Theseus catches the two in the act and decides to hold a tournament in which the winner will be awarded Emelye's hand in marriage
After a bloody battle, Arcite is extremely wounded. On the brink of his death, Arcite confesses his love to Emelye and tells her that if she chooses to marry Paloman, he will respect her wish.