The story behind Villa Volta is based on the local history of the Bokkenrijders (translated in English as 'goat riders' or 'buck riders'). This was a gang who plundered the south of the Netherlands during the 18th century. Villa Volta is about the fictional chief of the gang called Hugo van den Loonsche Duynen. Because of a ruthless robbery of an abbey he was cursed, which causes his house to turn upside down. This story is explained during two pre-shows; the first introduces the Bokkenrijders and during the second pre-show guests listen to Hugo's story.