In 1700s France, the rich play some interesting games. Two socialites have come up with a very interesting one. Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and Vicomte Sebastien de Valmont are former lovers. Isabelle dares Sebastien to seduce a young woman named Cecile (Uma Thurmon), while Sebastien himself has designs on the beautiful Madame Marie de Tourvel. When true love enters the picture between Sebastien and Marie, things get troublesome.