It takes place in Italy where Antonio, a merchant, is sad and confused. His friend Bassanio feels that he cannot afford the girl he loves because of his extremely poor financial status. He takes out a loan with a Jewish moneylender named Shylock who hates Antonio because he's prejudiced. Shylock tells him that the loan has to be repaid in three month's or Antonia will owe him a pound of flesh. Meanwhile, Portia's father, the rich girl that Bassanio loves, has a condition for all suitors to his daughter. They have to all choose from one of the three caskets that he has displayed. One has a portrait of her in it. If the suitor chooses it, then he can marry her. But, if he chooses the other caskets then they must leave the area and never marry another. Bassanio's friend Lorenzo elopes with Shylock's daughter, and Bassanio chooses the right casket with Portia's picture. Portia agrees to marry him on the spot. Antonio's finances are in a bad way because his ships have been wrecked and lost at sea. He is afraid that he will have no way to repay Shylock. Bassanio hears about what Antonio has done and he hurries back to his friend, leaving Portia behind to wait. However, Portia doesn't listen and follows him disguised as her nurse, Nerissa. Bassanio offers to pay double what Antonio owes but shylock won't hear of it. He's ticked that his daughter has eloped with a Christian. The Duke intervenes and says that shylock can have his pound of flesh as long as it doesn't draw blood. Furthermore, things turn against shylock when all of his money is taken from him for making such a bargain and half is given to Venice and half is given to Antonio, who gives it back to shylock on the condition that shylock makes peace with his daughter. Finally, Antonio hears that his other ships have made it safely to port. Everyone is happy.