Shiomi Akutagawa (George Lam), a Japanese photojournalist, travels to Vietnam to document life under communist rule. Government officials are all too happy to take him on a tour of villages that are clean, happy and healthy. But Shiomi is restless. He manages to break away from the government tour and sets out on his own. He meets Cam (Season Ma), a young boy, and a villager's mistress (Cora Miao), who become his guides to the Vietnam the government doesn't want anyone to see.