Aida is the story of a Nubian Princess and an Egyptian captain, whose treacherous love becomes their downfall. Radames (Jared Oxborough) and his crew find Aida (Austene Van) and several other Nubian women exploring the border close to Egypt. When Aida recklessly sneaks and flails a stolen sword from one of Radames's henchmen, Radames's feelings towards Aida become very apparent. You could feel the romantic tension between those two. Mereb (Nathan Barlow) instantly recognizes Aida for who she really is (a princess, certainly not a slave), and approaches Aida with the truth. He leaks her secret, and Aida becomes the epitome of the oppressed Nubian people. The nature of Radames' martial status is actually revealed as betrothed to Ammeris, the daughter of Pharaoh. Aida becomes torn between her love for her country, her people, and her "written in the stars" love Radames.