A complex love quadrangle develops between four young lovers when mischevous forest sprites play Cupid. Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. To escape the arranged marriage, she and Lysander elope into the woods. Demetrius follows them, followed in turn by Helena, who nurses an unrequited passion for him. Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors rehearses a play in the woods, and soon all find their lives changed by the doings of Oberon and Titania, the warring king and queen of the fairies.