The two rival families Montague and Capulet cause conflict and fight by mockingly insulting each other. Because of this third interruption on the city's 'peace', the Prince of Verona sentences both of the families to death if this occurs again.
Lord and Lady Montague are desperately worried about how depressed their son Romeo is after Rosealine rejects him. They ask Romeo's cousin Benvolio to try and cure him from his depressed state.
We meet Romeo who's depressed over his crush rosealine who will not love him back. Benvolio is sent by the Lord and Lady Montague to cheer him up. He tells Romeo to look at other women.
Enter Lord Capulet who gives information on how to win Juliet for Paris, Verona's number 1 Bachelor. He tells Paris Juliet's his only precious treasure in the world. Lord Capulet also announces he will have a Ball including his family members. Then he sents out a messenger to notify the guests.
Benvolio and Romeo stumble upon the same messsenger who cannot read the guests on the list. He asks Romeo to read out the guests in the party and surprisingly Rosealine is invited. They both come up with the idea to gatecrash the party to see Rosealine.
Enter Mercuito (Romeo's best friend) and he hears about how Romeo struggles with love and tells him 'if love be rough with you be rough with love'. They enter the party.