Fashion designer Laura Harrison sets aside her life of glamour in Manhattan for tropical Indonesia where she becomes an environmentalist.
She arrives in Jakarta with her husband Jack who is to take over as president of a troubled bank. She expects their new home to be a romantic hideaway, like something out of a classic Humphrey Bogart movie. Instead she walks into a house of horrors. White sheets cover gothic furnishings and black garments hang in the closets. It’s as if the former occupants fled from some danger. Though alarmed, Laura is determined to make things work.
At the market she’s appalled to see a baby orangutan for sale, its mother killed by loggers. Her heart goes out to the poor creature and she discovers her passion — saving endangered species. She becomes an environmentalist, and with village seamstresses forms a co-op to make casualwear featuring batik rainforest designs. When the business lands a big order she envisions women all over the world wearing garments bringing attention to the plight of the tropical birds and animals she has come to love. Meanwhile Jack, ambitious yet naïve, is ensnarled in the corrupt underworld of Indonesian business and politics. He decides to finance a logging project in the rainforest, putting their marriage, and their lives, in jeopardy.