Romeo and Juliet fall in love at a party, despite the fact that both their families hate each other. They know that they will never be allowed to marry in public, so they elope, and with the help of Friar Laurence, marry in secret instead.
Unfortunately, before their wedding night Romeo kills Juliet's cousin in a duel, and in the morning he is forced to leave her. If he ever returns to the city, he will be put to death.
Juliet's parents have told her that she must marry Count Paris, but they do not know that she is already married. At first, she refuses, but later agrees because she plans to fake her death and escape to be with Romeo forever; again with the help of Friar Laurence.
Friar Laurence designs the plan and gives Juliet a sleeping potion that will ensure she appears lifeless. He fails, however, to enlighten Romeo as to the plan’s design. So Romeo then does what all good lovers do.