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What is the difference between these two sentences? Simple Past vs Past Perfect Tense


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After they eaten the shellfish , they began to feel sick.   (past perfect - simple past )

After they ate the shellfish , they began to feel sick.      ( simple past - simple past)

Which one is right to use?  if there are "before" or "after" in sentence. Can i use "simple past - simple past" ? 


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