A tale of love, betrayal, and sacrifice, The Pearl Fishers centers around two friends, Nadir and Zurga, who vow to never let the love of a woman come between them and destroy their friendship. A mysterious priestess arrives to Ceylon, and Nadir recognizes her as his long lost love, Leïla, whom Zurga also loves. Torn once again, Nadir must choose between the oath he made to his friend and the love of his life. Nadair and Leïla give in, but are caught, enraging Zurga who sends them to their deaths. At the last minute, remorseful, Zurga sacrifices himself, burns down the village, and allows the lovers to flee.