Tilda Swinton stars as Orlando, a handsome young man who becomes the paramour of England's Queen Elizabeth I, who commands him to never grow old. As luck, or fate, would have it, Orlando is immortal and continues on, retaining his beauty, but terribly lonely. As the years go on, he travels the world, becomes infatuated with various personalities, falls into deep, long slumbers and somehow manages to change gender. Eventually, Orlando arrives in the 20th century, where more adventures await. Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp and Heathcote Williams co-star in this epic fantasy based on a 1928 novel by Virginia Woolf.