In the 1930s Rong Jinxiu (Chen Qiao’en)
arrives in Shanghai in search of her half-sister, Yin Mingzhu (Lv
Jiarong). Jinxiu’s family has fallen on hard times and is hoping for any
sort of assistance from Mingzhu. However, Mingzhu, who is now the lover
of a well-known businessman, still harbors hatred for the Rong family
because they abandoned Mingzhu and her sickly mother many years before.
is willing to meet with Jinxiu once but does not offer any help. On her
way out of Mingzhu’s luxurious house, Jinxiu literally bumps into Xiang
Yingdong (Kimi Qiao), who has a crush on Mingzhu despite her being the
woman of his older brother. With Yingdong is Zuo Zhen (Huang Xiaoming).
to find food or lodging, Jinxiu wastes away on the streets of Shanghai
and is discovered by Zuo Zhen and one of his followers, Shi Hao (Yang
Le). They bring her to a high-end hotel owned by Yingdong. Thinking that
she was rescued by Yingdong, Jinxiu develops a crush on him, which she
confesses to Zuo Zhen.