The world is waking up to the high levels of rhino poaching taking place across Africa and South East Asia. The HANOI CONNECTION reports on the trade in rhino horn, from poaching on the plains of Africa to investigating the size of the market for rhino horn in South East Asia with surprising results. This film demonstrates how ineffective creating a legal market in horn may be in solving this illegal trade. Karl confronts one of the major players in smuggling the horn and uncovers his connections to government. The film questions the efforts by the Laotian and Vietnamese governments in trying to combat this illegal trade.