The play tells the tragic story of the life of the mighty Roman warrior Caius Marcius Coriolanus. Coriolanus was born and bred for his post by his ambitious mother Volumnia. He shares the accolades of his comrades and superiors during Rome's civil war, but can find no such glory in the peace that follows. Trying to find a new place in politics, Coriolanus is appointed to represent the common people, the Plebeians, even though he openly despises and considers them inferior. Coriolanus supports the old Patrician views and lifestyle and is totally out of tune with the needs of the ordinary people. A blunt solider lost in a sea of political opportunists, Coriolanus is at the mercy of those more savvy then he is. Soon these men gain control of the Plebeians and consolidate their own power, turn the city of Rome against Coriolanus and cast him out. After being exiled from Rome, Coriolanus seeks out Aufidius in the Volscian capital, and tells them that he will lead their army to victory against Rome. Aufidius and his superiors embrace Coriolanus, and allow him to lead a new assault on the city. Rome, in its panic, tries desperately to persuade Coriolanus to halt his crusade for vengeance. Volumnia is sent to meet with her son, along with Coriolanus' wife and child. Volumnia succeeds in dissuading her son from destroying Rome, and Coriolanus instead concludes a peace treaty between the Volscians and the Romans. When Coriolanus returns to the Volscian capital, conspirators organized by Aufidius kill him for his betrayal.