A lavish South Seas romance with a thin story line but wonderful graphics is about all RKO could muster when filming Richard Walton Tully's ancient play for the first time. McCrea is a wealthy playboy on a pleasure cruise, his yacht accidentally driven onto a coral reef, which lands him
on an exotic Polynesian island where he meets the devastatingly beautiful Del Rio, the reigning princess. They promptly fall in love, but are pulled in different directions by their own kind. McCrea's friends sneer at his aim to marry this foreign woman, describing the rigors of miscegenation,
while the natives insist that Del Rio keep herself pure. Under their bizarre superstitions...