In her first onscreen adventure, journalist/photographer Mae Jordan (known to her readers as "Emanuelle") travels to Africa on assignment. Questions of her own racial and sexual identity come to a head as she observes the troubled marriage of her hosts, Ann and Gianni Danieli. Matters are complicated further when Emanuelle finds herself in affairs with both of them, after which she flees Africa, only to be persued by Gianni, who had earlier rejected her and ridiculed her advances.
Journalist Emanuelle travels to the Orient to interview a close relative of a King, but comes too close to uncovering official secrets for the state's liking. Her hotel room is ransacked and her passport stolen, leaving her stranded and at the mercy of a brutal gang of rapists, employed by the government. Her only hope of escape are her powers of seduction.
An international supermodel is in a mental hospital, and her psychiatrist tries to draw out what traumatic experiences in her past contributed to put her there.
Emmanuelle is sent to Bangkok on a journalism assignment. While there, she embarks on her own exploration of the secrets of sensual pleasure. While learning much, she also reveals several secrets of her own.
In the pre-civil war American south, Emanuelle, a plantation owner's daughter, while outwardly a dainty southern belle, brutally abuses the slaves in her charge. When her fiance is bitten by a snake, he falls for Emanuelle's beautiful African-American maid who's kindness and skill saved his life. Insanely jealous, Emanuelle continues her sadistic behaviour towards her charges, and when her fiance announces he plans to wed the maid, Emanuelle "gives" her to her even more brutal hired men, and her fiance is powerless to stop them. Can Emanuelle learn an important lesson in love before it's too late for everyone?
André Pieyre de Mandiargues in «Nouvelle Revue Française», Paris: «Wie Kriminal- oder Science-fiction-Romane sind auch die erotischen Romane meist Gefangene eines bestimmten Schemas, eines Systems von Regeln, das nun einmal zu dieser Art von Literatur gehört. Überdies steuern sie ein ganz eindeutiges Ziel an, und deswegen werden sie gekauft. Einige aber gibt es, die diesen Rahmen sprengen. Sie sind vom Geist ihrer Autoren geprägt, sind originell, sind Literatur. Ich bin der Meinung, daß ‹Emmanuelle› zu diesen Werken gehört…