A vicious tempest sinks a ship carrying our main characters. These include: Ferdinand, Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo, Sebastian and Trinculo. Everyone aboard the ship makes it safely to the nearby island.
Prospero and his daughter, Miranda have already been on the island for 12 years. Prospero reveals that he sunk the ship. His daughter is angry that he did this and so Prospero explains why. Many years ago, Prosperos brother, Antiono along with the King of Naples' help took his place as duke of Milan. Gonzalo gave them food and Prosperos books on magic and brought them to the island. Meanwhile, the prince of Naples and Alonso's son washed up on the same end of the island as Prospero and Miranda.
Ferdinand meets the two and Miranda and Ferdinand instantly fall in love. Prospero is scared for his daughter and so makes Ferdinand carry wood. Ariel, a sort of magical pixy was freed from a tree by Prospero when he and Miranda first arrived on the island and so she was in his debt. Caliban was also on the island and Prospero made him their slave. Prospero promises to free Arial of working for him if he does a few more tasks for him.