Two handsome gondoliers have just found wives. It turns out that one of them has inherited the throne to be the King of Barataria. Further, whoever is the king must marry the Duke's daughter, Casilda. Thus, both men decide to rule over Barataria together, even though they lack governing experience. Meanwhile, their wives each want to be queen and yet dislike the idea that a new woman has to join the equation. In the end, it turns out neither man is really the king and to their relief, they can go back to their normal lives.