Paris in the twenties: Pernod, parties and expatriate Americans,
loose-living on money from home. Jake is wildly in love with Brett
Ashley, aristocratic and irresistibly beautiful, but with an
abandoned, sensuous nature that she cannot change. When the couple
drifts to Spain to the dazzle of the fiesta and the heady
atmosphere of the bullfight, their affair is strained by new
passions, new jealousies, and Jake must finally learn that he will
never possess the woman he loves.