Violetta Valéry, a dream object for sale by Parisian society, celebrates exuberantly - only apparently recovered after a long illness. Alfredo, a young man from the provinces, praises true love in a drinking song. Violetta, on the other hand, is committed to carefree enjoyment of life. In the middle of the omitted festival, she suffers a fit of weakness. When she withdraws from the crowd, Alfredo confesses his love to Alfredo, which Violetta refuses to agree to: she can only promise him friendship, not love. But she quickly finds herself in a conflict of feelings: Should she give up her previous life and allow feelings?