A group of idealistic young surfers, hungry for big thrills, are searching for the perfect unridden wave. It is said to be located around a mysterious paradise-like island somewhere in Polynesia, one of the Tuamotou Islands.
The group decides to go in search, with Tahiti as their first port of call. On arrival, they meet an old sailor, who claims to be the only one ever to have visited the island. For a hefty fee, he agrees to take them there. But the expedition soon turns to tragedy and becomes a veritable struggle for survival.