In this retelling of Shakespeare's story, two families in Verona, the Capulets and the Montegues, are bitter enemies. Conflict ensues when Romeo, a Montegue, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love. After the two exchange vows, a fight ensues between the Montegues and the Capulets in which Romeo's friend, Mercutio, is killed by Count Capulet's nephew, Tybalt. Distraught over the loss of his friend, Romeo turns the sword onto Tybalt and murders him. As a result, Romeo is forced into exile. Then, in order to avoid marrying Paris, the man Juliet's father wants her to marry, Juliet takes a sleeping potion given to her by the Friar so as to pretend she is dead. Unfortunately, Romeo thinks she is in fact dead and kills himself before discovering the truth.