The Legionnaires join Djiboutian women as they dance at a club.
A Djiboutian woman buys a rug. Later, Galoup (Denis Lavant) describes his Commandant.
The Legionnaires participate in maneuvers and rituals.
After being court-martialed for his behavior towards Sentain (Gregoire Colin), Galoup (Denis Lavant) lays on his bed, holding a gun. The film closes with Galoup dancing wildly in a club in Djibouti.
Sentain (Gregoire Colin) collapses in the salt flats. The legion finds his compass among trinkets at a local sale.
Galoup (Denis Lavant) stops Sentain (Gregoire Colin) from giving water to a fellow soldier and Sentain strikes him in response. As punishment, Galoup drops Sentain in the desert to walk back to the base.
Galoup's (Denis Lavant) squadron plays music around a bonfire.
When their helicopter crashes over the sea, Sentain (Gregoire Coline) saves his fellow soldier and his courage is noticed by Commandant Bruno Forestier (Michel Subor)
Adjudant-Chef Galoup and his men go out dancing, and Galoup notices how his men follow and look to the new soldier, Giles Sentain (Gregoire Coline).
Soldiers in the French Foreign Legion stationed in Djibouti stand in the sun as an endurance test.