The King of Navarre and his pals take an oath to swear off women. Their resolve is tested when the Princess of France and her women arrive on the scene.
The men go through elaborate rituals of wooing, culminating in a failed costume party and a play. Marcade enters with news of the French King's death.
The Princess of France rejects Navarre's offer to stay and love him. She and her ladies propose the men prove their love by waiting for a year.