If it stands to reason that you don't have to be a spy to write a spy novel, then clearly you don't need to go on a passionate adventure to write a passionate adventure novel. At least that's what romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) thought before her sister was kidnapped in Columbia. Now Joan heads off to rescue her and discovers adventure isn't all it's cracked up to be. She is guided by unshaven and uncouth Jack Colton (Michael Douglas). After enduring mud slides, poisonous snakes and beingheld at gunpoint by Danny DeVito, Joan saves her sister, falls in love and gets a great idea for a new book!