Héro longily awaits the return of her fiancé, Claudio, from war. Meanwhile, Béatrice inquires about and scorns Bénédict. They trade insults and tease each other. Bénédict swears to his friends that he will never marry. Later, Claudio and Pedro scheme to trick Bénédict into marrying Béatrice. Knowing that he is listening, Léonato assures Pedro that Béatrice loves Bénédict. Bénédict decides to pursue her. Héro plays a similar trick on Béatrice. Béatrice ends up falling in love with Bénédict, but refuses to admit it to Héro. Reluctantly, Bénédict agrees to marry Béatrice. Héro and Claudio also marry and everyone lives happily ever after.