Prince Akeem, future king of the country Zamunda, has reached the age when he should marry. There's a to-be-wife for him already chosen, but he doesn't want to marry her. He decides that in America he might find a more indepndent wife for himself. His childhood friend and servant Semmi escorts him into the dephts of Queens in New York. After some searching Akeem finds the woman he was looking for, Lisa. The next day Prince Akeem and Semmi both of them start working at McDowell's,Lisa's father's restaurant, as poor univerity students from Africa. Akeem spends a lot of time and effort on getting Lisa to notice and fall in love with him.