Jake Robbins was shot down over Cambodia while serving in the Air Force and presumed dead by his wife Sarah . In fact, Jake was captured and then he escaped, with the help of Leang, a Khmer Rouge peasant. Although they are on opposite sides, Jake and Leang develop an understanding and fall in love. But after years of raising a family together, Jake is forcibly separated from Leang when it is discovered he is an American citizen. Waking up in the United States, Jake is then reunited with his father and his re-married wife. Desperate to return to Leang and their children, he nevertheless is forced to confront lives torn apart by the past and relationships, old and new.