|Marlon Brando||Ambassador Harrison Carter MacWhite|
|Sandra Church||Marion MacWhite|
American ambassador Harrison MacWhite travels to a Southeast Asian country on a peacekeeping mission. Torn between rival factions, the turbulent nation is on the brink of civil war. But MacWhite's powers of analysis allow him to view the political situation only in the simplest terms: as a struggle between communism and democracy. And, by the time the ambassador is finally able to see the political upheaval as a something more complicated, it may already be too late.