Nina is a reporter who works in a Latin American country at war when she finds herself trapped in the line of fire and hires a mercenary pilot named Victor to help her escape the place, but the plane is attacked and the journalist and pilot have to parachute off the plane. They fall into the sea but with a life raft they make it to the jungle, where they have to coexist and she learns to survive.
Jesus (Willem Dafoe), a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas (Harvey Keitel) -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation.
Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.