William Chorrish arrives in a remote village in Thailand to take up a post teaching the local children.
He falls for a local woman, but this sparks trouble with a jilted businessman who still covets William's new love.
The businessman will stop at nothing to break them up, and to have her as his bride.
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'The heavens began to moan and rumble as he walked around the house looking for Bo. He itched from the mosquito bites sustained on his
walk up the track and felt very hot and dizzy.
He saw a bunch of nuts fall to the ground to the right of the house. Then he saw a long stick with a metal hook attached. Bo was using it to cut down the green-skinned Betle nuts her father chewed all day.
She crouched down to pick up a bunch of nuts, then she looked over her shoulder and stared at him before walking further away from the house, leaving the pole on the ground.
He followed, and it began to rain.
Soon, fine threads of water became thick strands beating the hair on his head, streaming over his eyes and over his nose and lips.
Nong Bo walked on, down a slope. When he reached her, she was standing under a big old rubber tree, her back leaning on its trunk. She watched him approach, staring him straight in the eye. She planned to take him to a small hut only a few yards away.
He stopped and leant his arm on the tree trunk. He was a foot taller than her. She smiled, showing a flash of bright white teeth as her lips parted. He leant forward to kiss her and she turned her head away.
Although she wanted him, she did not want to make love to him there. She walked away.
Then his hand gripped her wrist, strongly. A few feet further there was a fallen rubber tree, lying across the grass. He placed his lips on her mouth and she tasted his warm tongue. He wanted her there and she was about to protest, when his strong arms and passionate kisses stirred her senses. Never before had it felt like this. No one had touched her so gently but with so much obvious passion and desire.
They fell back onto the log and the rain fell, beating on his back. He pulled open her blouse, stretched the cups of her bra to release her plump breasts and sucked their wide nipples. His right hand slipped inside her thigh and pulled back the gusset of her underwear, tenderly stroking her he raised his lips to engage her mouth again. She drank his passion like an intoxicating medicine which soothed her heart and made her giddy. '