A young, dynamic oil engineer, Jesse Martin (Jay Roberts) travels to steamy Central America to take charge of an international oil company's lucrative drilling operations. Instead of business as usual, he finds himself caught in a shooting war between a government army protecting the oil company, and a rebel band bent on seizing the oil fields. In this savage world, Jesse runs up against his rigid boss, John Richardson
(James Brolin, TV's Hotel, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Amityville Horror).John believes in defending the company's interests at all costs. As the lines between good and evil blur, Jesse becomes attracted to a young local woman, Sybille, and then to an idealistic American teacher, Celeste.Torn between his passionate Sybille and the headstrong Celeste, Jesse follows his heart to the film's devastating climax. When the army slaughters a village of innocent civilians, in retaliation for them having burned their oil operations, Jesse is forced to choose between justice, his job, and the woman he loves.