This film deals with the colonial era of Vietnam when the French had become the colonial power. The specific tale involves a French woman who has amassed a huge rubber plantation somewhere near Saigon. She has lived life to its fullest without ever marrying but her prime interest is this plantation. Enter a young French navy captain who sweeps Eliane off her feet: the two begin an affair which Eliane terminates quickly. Eliane has adopted a young Vietnamese girl when her parents both die in a crash.