This is the story of two lovers and two great dynasties - one British, the other Chinese - and of the society that separated them and the passion that bound them. Opulence, terror, and forbidden passion prevail in 1930s Singapore. The country is as rich as its climate is steamy, and its brightfuture seems all but assured. Against all the unwritten canons of Singapore life, a wealthy British man falls in love with the daughter of an aristocratic Chinese family. Their love grows despite opposition from both of their families - and the imminent outbreak of war.