It was 1917, China. CHENG is an innocent young man who works in a grocery store and has no ambition, other than to be with his lovely neighbor, the Peking Opera student QIU. One fateful night changes Cheng's life forever, as he walks in on the affair that is happening between his female boss and the chief of police. To hide this secret, the chief decides to throw Cheng into prison, accusing him of raping his boss. Desolate, Cheng bonds with his cellmate MAO, who has an escape plan. The duo breaks out, and Cheng has no choice but to leave his life and his dream girl behind. Cheng found a job owned by the HONG, an influential man in Shanghai. As Hong indulged himself in debauchery all day long, Cheng began to climb up the underworld ladder step by step. He soon won the affection of the famed songstress BO. Although Bo loved him deeply, but Cheng finds his heart belongs only to the vanished Qiu…..