A rousing, old-fashioned romantic adventure about Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner), an author of lusty, best-selling bodice-rippers whose own life is a colorless bore. The picture opens as a tearful Joan is completing her latest literary fantasy. She's snapped out of her reverie by the
arrival of a strange package that contains some sort of treasure map pointing the way to a fabulous gemstone. Then follows a frantic phone call from her sister, who is being held captive by an evil art dealer, Ira (Zack Norman), and his snarling cousin, Ralph (Danny DeVito). Her sister's husband
has disappeared in Colombia, and it was he who sent Joan the map. Ira and Ralph threaten to ...