Yuechun, the matron of an affluent Hong Kong household in the early 1970s, faces a crisis: Two men claim to be her husband. What made her situation more complicated was that her heart in reality belonged to neither husband, but to her first love, Baiqiu.
They first met, while still children, in the chaos of fleeing the Great Fire of Changsha of 1938. The Sino-Japanese War brought them together in an underdeveloped town in China's interior and later separated them. Through that and the subsequent Civil War, they struggled as refugees. They would survive hardships, and later even prospered, forming families of their own.
However, in time her marriages came to haunt her. A series of tragic and violent events would alter her life and that of Baiqiu. He had lived a suburbanite's life in Southern California, employed as a weapons research scientist, and had come to Hong Kong for a new job opportunity. Through all the turbulence, ebbs and flows, it was their shared roots as well as the mutual trust and knowing, first established in their youth, that decided their destiny.