On a dull and drizzly Christmas Eve, Raymond (Hugh Laurie) discovers that his coldly ambitious wife Cathy (Lia Williams) is eloping with his officious boss Mr Strothers (Patrick Barlow). Let to lock up over the holiday, Raymond decides to get his own back by robbing the bank and catching the first plane to the sun drenched beaches of Rio de Janeiro with his new-found wealth. He's on the trail of 'that girl', the fabulous dancer who graces the cover of "Samba Monthly". Arriving in Rio, Raymond links up with eccentric taxi driver Paulo (Santiago Segura), who's only too happy to help him spend his fortune. Together they will hunt down to exotic Orlinda (Vanesa Nunes). After a night of passion, Raymond awakes to find both Orlinda and his money have vanished. His trouble has only just begun. The streets of Rio are fraught with danger and Raymond is quickly drawn into the city's underworld. The local gangsters are also on the trail of the big-spending Englishman.