Based on the novel 'The Alexandria Quartet' by Lawrence Durrell. Arriving in Egypt, Darley (Michael York), a young Irish schoolmaster finds himself in the beautiful city of Alexandria, with massive houses, masked balls, extreme opulence, incredible poverty and adolescent prostitution. The society into which Darley naively enters is dominated by Justine (Anouk Aimée), an enchantingly beautiful Jew. Among Justine's numerous friends and lovers are Pursewarden (Dirk Bogarde), a British official obsessed with his blind sister Liza, Narouz, Justine's fanatic brother-in-law, and Toto, a homosexual. So begins a chain of interlocking relationships at the heart of which lies a treacherous conspiracy.