Fergus (Stephen Rea), an IRA member, is standing guard over a British soldier (Forest Whitaker) who the IRA have taken hostage. Against the orders of his superiors, he engages in conversation with the man, who tells him about his lover Dil (Jaye Davidson), who lives in London. Moved by his captive's plight he helps him in a failed escape attempt, which leaves the soldier dead and Fergus on the run from the IRA. He changes his name and moves to London, where he seeks out the exotic Dil.
Neil Jordan returns to familiar territory with this explosive, controversial thriller, reminiscent of his earlier classic "Mona Lisa". Age 18+