Shakespeare's witty, bitter-sweet comedy tells the story of four well-intentioned but misguided young men who discover that it is impossible to deny the power of true love. The young, idealistic " King of Navarre " has invited his three closes companions, Berowne, Longaville and Dumaine, to join him in swearing a very public oath. They will all agree to devote themselves to studying for three years, but they must also fast for one day a week, sleep for only three hours a night, and, most difficult of all renounce women altogether. Longaville and Dumaine readily agree, but the spirited Berowne challenges the Kings demands, eventually agreeing to sign the oath but with great doubts, especially when they learn that the Princess France has arrived. When they meet her and her three lovely companions, all four men fail hopelessly in love. No one can admit this without betraying their oath, and as they hopelessly try to hi their feelings from each other, while secretly wooing their lovers, delightful battle of the sexes and comedy of misunderstandings ensues. Peopled with a gallery of gloriously comic characters, " Love's Labours " Lost is one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable and hopelessly romantic comedies.