In Bolivia's Amazon basin, corporate cattle ranches are replacing the rain forest. When Santos, charismatic leader of the union of rubber tappers, forges an alliance with Natives to protest deforestation, he is assassinated. O'Brien, a US photo-journalist who has no skills as an investigator, wants a story when he thinks the police have framed and murdered an innocent Native as the assassin. In his search for the truth, he involves Lysa Rothman, who worked for Santos and with whom he falls in love. As he gets deeper into trouble with the cops and the real assassin, he needs not only Lysa's help but also that of the Natives' leader.
Craig Sheffer as R.J.
Sandra Bullock as Alyssa Rothman
Juan Fernández as Ataninde
Judith Chapman as Sandra
Ramsay Ross as Pistoleiro
David Elkin as Lucavida
Jorge García Bustamante as Valdez
Baldomero Cáceres as Pedro
Carlos Victoria as Miguel
Reynaldo Arenas as Djamori
As reported on A&E's Biography on November 18, 2005, in an interview clip with the film's director, the film was a harrowing experience in many ways. Bullock was concerned that the canoe she was riding could have possibly tipped over and dumped her in dangerous waters.