The opera is set in Lisbon and on an island in the Indian Ocean during the 16th century. Vasco da Gama has been away from his fiancÃ© InÃ¨s for two years. Assuming Da Gama is dead, InÃ¨s' father insists that she marry Don PÃ©dro. Surprisingly, Da Gama returns and brings with him two slaves SÃ©lika and NÃ©lusko. When the Grand Inquisitor refuses Da Gama's request for more exploration funds, Da Gama attacks the Grand Inquisitor and is sent to prison. Luckily, InÃ¨s purchases Da Gama's freedom by marrying Don PÃ©dro. InÃ¨s and Don PÃ©dro now set sail, piloted by the treacherous NÃ©lusko. Da Gama has followed Don PÃ©dro in another ship, and begs him to return to Lisbon. Don PÃ©dro refuses, and a storm breaks out. The local people kill all males on the ships except Da Gama. SÃ©lika is now queen once again and claims Da Gama as her husband. However, when SÃ©lika sees Da Gama secretly with InÃ¨s (who survived), she commits suicide followed by NÃ©lusko.
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