The beautiful, elegant and controlled Eliane Devries (CATHERINE DENEUVE), with her father, Emile, rules over the vast domain of rich, red soil that is their rubber plantation. The only love in Eliane’s life is for Camille, her sixteen years old adopted Vietnamese daughter, a princess of Annam, whose parents died in a plane crash.
Jean-Baptiste LeGuen (VINCENT PEREZ), a French naval officer has just arrived in Saigon in search of glory. In spite of himself, Jean-Baptiste wil contront Eliane and Camille with their destiny. The two women fall in love with him. The events of their fate set the scene for what is to be the future of Vietnam.