Synopsis:GARY JAMISON, a shrewd London backstreet importer of ethnic crafts, finds out a painting bought from a street market is a valuable original. Unaware of the discovery, JULIA EDMONTON, girlfriend and business partner, quits and moves in with BILLY HYNES, a bungling London gangster.
Gary deposits the original with an art dealer, accepts a sizeable advance, puts a copy of the painting in the warehouse and returns to Banston Bay, on a cosmopolitan holiday island in the west Pacific Ocean. He shares a rented villa clinging to a cliff face with LARNE HO and ANAYA CHOW, two local girls. After a brief passionate fling with Larne, Gary and Anaya click romantically.
Julia and Billy learn about the value of the painting from the media, steal what they believe is the original from the warehouse, replace it with yet another copy and arrange for a criminal contact to blow up the warehouse.
Billy and Julia fly to the island, confident Gary will be staying at his usual hotel on the coast, hoping to extort money with threats to destroy the warehouse. Billy loses his patience in trying to track him down and goes on a drinking binge in Gary’s usual hotel. He and Julia argue, fight and split up. Billy gets hit by a truck and spends time in hospital with a broken leg. Gary finds out he’s being hunted from the hotel owner. He reveals to Julia that her painting is a fake. Billy, infuriated, gives the go ahead to blow up the warehouse. The warehouse gets blown up.
Gary and Anaya’s romance blossoms. Billy’s naive minder arrives from London, Billy buys an automatic rifle from a dodgy dealer and his minder drives him around, searching for Gary. A murder attempt fails.
Larne’s friends arrive to shoot a glamorous promotional video at the villa. Billy, reading that the villa is for rent or sale goes to look and discovers Gary’s whereabouts and a lot of people running around scantily clad. A second murder attempt fails and the getaway leads to a crash, killing Billy and his minder. Julia attempts suicide, fails and gets flown home to England. The sale of the painting, for a staggering sum, transforms Gary’s life. He buys the villa, retains the staff and splashes out on a shiny new sports car.