Set in the Cuban community in Miami, the story revolves around the relationship between Nestor, a recently-released political prisoner, his wife Isabel, who had fled Cuba after Nestor was imprisoned, and Sam, the fisherman who had rescued Isabel from almost certain death at sea.
Because she'd never had them done previously, Greta Scacchi had to have her ears pierced especially for her role as Isabel, so that she would be able to wear the large gold hoop earrings favoured by many Cuban women. She later commented in interviews that "it felt very strange to have pierced ears and to feel those big earrings tugging at my earlobes and banging against my neck every time I moved. But when I was doing my initial research into the role after I decided to take it, I found out that all Cuban women have their ears pierced when they're little girls, and most of them wear big hoop earrings a lot of the time, so it would look a little odd if I didn't do the same. And it actually did help me get into character as Isabel, so it was definitely worth the slight pain of having them pierced in the first place."