Thakur Gajendra Singh runs a criminal empire from a small town. The Thakur rules this town, including the police, who only cater to his interests. His town has been known to be the grave-yard of police officers who have dared to oppose him. Inspector Amar Varma accepts the assignment to serve in this town, not knowing that he is not only putting his own life, but the lives of his loved ones also, in the hands of the merciless Thakur.
After teenage ambulance driver Ernest Hemingway (Chris O'Donnell) takes shrapnel in the leg during World War I, he falls in love with Agnes von Kurowsky (Sandra Bullock), a beautiful older nurse at the hospital where he's sent to recover.
Beginning in the 1930's, "The English Patient" tells the story of Count Almásy who is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers.