This movie is about adventurous love and fiery passions. It is based on a book by Ernest Hemingway that was published after his death and which remains one of his most controversial novels. David Bourne is an American writer who is struggling to make it in Europe. The film takes place after WW I, and it carries some of the sultry sexiness of the jazz age.
One day, David meets a beautiful American named Catherine. They quickly fall in love and get married soon afterwards. Catherine, his new wife, is not only rich and spoiled but easily distracted and always looking for new thrills. Hoping to introduce new spice into their relationship, which is beginning to bore her, Catherine introduces David to an attractive Italian woman named Marita.
Needless to say, envy and jealousy implode into this burgeoning relationship and complications ensue. Meanwhile, David begins to work on his new book, which is intimately inspired by memories of his father, who spends his days in Africa as a big game hunter. Danger infuses creation in this film and people get into intricate dialogues where they spread the contagion of confusion and make their world all the less idyllic because they bring in new aspects of desire and revelation.