I'm in love with Vivien Leigh, and I'm the most miserable bastard on earth.
When Browning's old drinking mate Peter Finch utters these words, Browning realises that trouble looms. Within the space of a few short hours he finds himself caught up in a London bar room brawl, held in isolation in a lockup, and employed as chauffeur to Vivien Leigh.
But his problems really begin when he is sent on location to Ceylon together with Leigh and Finch to film Elephant Walk. As the heat rises so do the stakes as Browning becomes embroiled in passionate liaisons and the desperate search for a missing - all set against the political hotbed of Colombo.