In this retelling of Shakespeare's story, two families in Verona -- the Capulets and the Montaigus -- are bitter enemies. Conflict ensues when Romeo, a Montaigu, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love. The two young lovers exchange secret vows, but within hours a fight has broken out between the two families, once again. Romeo's friend, Mercutio, is killed by Count Capulet's nephew, Tybalt. Despite his newfound alliance with the Capulets, Romeo, distraught over the loss of his friend, fights Tybalt and murders him. As a result, Romeo is forced into exile. Forced by her father to marry Paris when she is already secretly married to Romeo, Juliet Juliet takes a sleeping potion given to her by the Friar so as to pretend she is dead. Tragically, Romeo thinks she is in fact dead and kills himself before discovering the truth.
Includes late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult characters