Peter Grimes, a fisherman in an English village, finds that people turn against him after he loses an apprentice in an accident at sea. When the same thing happens to the other apprentice, his close friend Ellen Orford, a teacher, also loses faith in him. Peter Grimes is an opera that asks more questions than it answers. Was Peter guilty in the deaths of his apprentices? We never find out. But that is not really what the story is about. What causes a whole community to condemn a person? And how do gossip and loose rumours come to be the "truth"? The tension is heightened by the chorus, which plays the part of the villagers in this diverse and modern psychological drama.