Assigned to work in South America, United States official Philip Michael Santore (Yves Montand) is employed by an agency involved in counterinsurgency tactics. Santore’s position makes him a target for a local band of guerrillas, and, before long, he is kidnapped. As a prisoner, Santore undergoes interrogation, shedding light on the violent situation in the country. Once the insurgents are done with their questioning, they must decide whether Santore lives or dies.
Paul, who is mourning the death of his wife, meets a young Parisian woman, Jeanne, and get into a clandestine relationship. He puts his life in danger when he shares his personal details with her.