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The Beach finds young American backpacker, Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), on a journey of self exploration through Thailand. His adventurous spirit leads Richard to meet up with Daffy (Robert Carlyle), an eccentric character, who gives Richard the key to a hidden island paradise. Having lost Daffy, Richard befriends a young couple Fran''oise (Virginie Ledoyen) and ''tienne (Guillaume Canet) and convinces them of the island's existence. They set off together to discover the hidden paradise for themselves. The three young explorers eventually wash up on the beach and find a community of island dwellers already established there. The newcomers are cautiously welcomed by the island's leader Sal (Tilda Swinton) and her marijuana farming followers. Richard, Fran''oise and ''tienne believe they have found the perfect island sanctuary, but the peace doesn't last long for the three friends. Contentment quickly turns to chaos on the beach as a romantic entanglement threatens the balance in paradise.