A party of yachting jet-setters visit French Saigon, where they meet lovely Manon deVargnes (Hedy Lamarr), a second-class citizen not allowed to leave the country due to her part-Oriental ancestry. When the others leave, playboy Bill Carey stays behind to woo Manon; but all his efforts to get her out of the country with him run into a brick wall. And Pierre Delaroch, her wealthy former admirer, waits for him to give up.
Eventually Manon dies clutching the passport that she has finally acquired – a vivid symbol of a forbidden love.
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