Dorothea, an aid worker with a humanitarian organization, has launched a project to help the people of a land menaced by civil war. The luxury of her wealthy world finds a cynical reflection in the poverty evident all around. Then she embarks upon an affair with the much younger Alec, who seems to be simply an attractive 24-year-old Arab drifter. Their two worlds collide, impelled by their mutual lust for adventure. What appears to be reality becomes unbalanced, raising the question of having and being. Who exactly is helping whom? As her passion increases, Dorothea loses control, jeopardizing not only the project but also her life.