The camera follows a group of tourists from America, Spain and Germany on a trip up the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. We observe the tourists taking photos, making home movies, bargaining for native artefacts. They also talk about their notion of the primitive. This is juxtaposed with the monologues of native people expressing their bemusement at the behaviour of the tourists while recognising that they stand to gain materially from their presence. In his concern with the metaphor of the journey and with (in his own words) 'discovering the place of the other in the popular imagination', O'Rourke is placing his film at a point where fiction and non-fiction intersect.