The boy in this film lived quite happily on his family's Indochinese rubber plantation. Then, during World War II, the plantation was occupied by the Japanese. The occupying officer, refusing to tell his men of the Emperor's surrender, retains control of his force and forces the boy's father to try to find a boat for him. The Japanese officer plans to return to Japan in it. When he fails, the family (except for the boy) is massacred. The story is told through flashbacks as the boy, now a man, returns to Asia to meet with the Japanese soldier who saved his life.
~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide