The opera tells about the brith, initiation and adventures of a Drillalian Prince. According to the laws of Drillalia, this all occurs simultaneously in the future, the present and the past – time frames and events intertwine whimsically in the young man’s maturing consciousness.
We find ourselves on the top deck of a gondola barge, a structure that transports Drillalian gondolas in space and time. Before us opens up a panorama of the magical civilization of Drillalia. We encounter Drillalians who, at this very moment, are engaged in a sacred ritual, and we hear their mournful songs dedicated to Drillalia, which is in the process of perishing, but is incapable of perishing entirely.