The Republican era was a chaotic time in China. Warlords Li Chongnian, Yi Jipei and Murong Chen split the country into different regions, and their constant fighting causes endless suffering for the people.
In the dark of night, Murong Feng looks at a mansion on a mountain. His soldiers have surrounded the area, preventing anyone from coming or leaving.
The roar of a motorcycle cuts through the silence, and soldiers block the rider from going further. Through binoculars, Murong Feng sees YI LIANKAI (Elvis Han) sitting on a motorcycle, waving at him.
Since Liankai can’t leave, he thanks Murong Feng for defending the mountain and returns to his mansion, where a party is in full swing.
At a train station, Advisor Fan is on his way to the mountain to secure Liankai’s release. He’ll meet with a negotiator from the Murong family later.
QIN SANG (Sun Yi), Liankai’s wife, begs him to let her go with him. Nearby, PAN JIANCHI (Jeremy Tsui) eavesdrops on their conversation.
As Qin Sang boards the train, she hesitates, thinking she saw a familiar face in a crowd of passengers, but she dismisses the thought.
Jianchi disguises himself as the Murong family’s negotiator to meet with Advisor Fan. A while later, a guard checks and discovers that Advisor Fan has been killed.
Despite the shocking event, Qin Sang refuses to return home.
Jianchi gets off the train and blends in with a group of student demonstrators. Police arrive and violently break up the protest.
Qin Sang turns to her friend, Yulin, for help. Yulin doesn’t like Liankai because he’s a womanizer. She wonders if Qin Sang has given up after the person she loved broke her heart and disappeared.
Qin Sang knows what she’s doing is dangerous. Consequently, she hopes her sacrifice will cause the powerful Yi family to look favorably on her family.
Murong Feng recognizes Qin Sang because he attended her wedding. She cried a lot that day, causing people to gossip that Liankai forced her into marriage. He remembers her kindness, switching his drink with water when older men forced him to drink alcohol.
Qin Sang insists on being with her husband, threatening to walk up the mountain if necessary.
As Qin Sang and Yulin drive up to Liankai’s mansion, another car passes by them, going down the mountain.
In the car is Min Hongyu, a well-known courtesan.
Suddenly seeing Qin Sang, Liankai jokes, “I thought in this lifetime, you wouldn’t care about me again.”
She wants to talk in private, but he refuses to give her the time, forcing her to blurt out that Advisor Fan was assassinated while on his way to save him. Liankai grips his club but continues to play golf with Officer Yao.
Liankai’s father, Yi Jipei, mourns Advisor Fan, who was a tremendous help.
Lianyi, the eldest son, assures him that Advisor Fan is at peace because he wouldn’t mind sacrificing his life for the Yi family.
As for Liankai’s predicament, Yi Jipei doesn’t want to waste resources, leaving his youngest son’s survival up to fate. He asks Lianyi, “If our house was on fire, who would leave first?”
Lianshen, the Yi family’s middle son, is in a battle against a warlord. When he hears that Liankai is in danger, he heads to the mountain to rescue his younger brother.
Senior officers meet with Lianyi to voice their concerns. They can’t investigate Advisor Fan’s death because they don’t have his body, which is at a city under the control of the Murong family. Lianshen left the battlefield against Li Chongnian to go help Liankai. Furthermore, the Sky Alliance remains a constant threat.
Lianyi advises everyone to wait and see how things play out.
Advisor Fan’s absence is keenly felt when the Yi family gathers for a meal.
As Yi Jipei looks at a table full of food, he thinks about Advisor Fan’s last meal, which was much worse. He yells at the servants to stop serving meat.
Lianyi updates his father on the other warlords, who aren’t making any moves at the moment.
Yanyun, Advisor Fan’s daughter and Lianshen’s wife, has found out about her father’s death. As for Qin Sang, she’s on her way to the mountain to be with Liankai.
Seeing commotion at the foot of the mountain, Qin Sang guesses that Lianshen has come to help them. Yulin takes this as good news, but Qin Sang worries that Murong Feng will move quickly to attack the mountain to capture hostages.
Earlier, Yulin found out that her cousin has been arrested, accused of being a member of the Sky Alliance. If they survive, she hopes that Qin Sang can help her cousin.
Since Advisor Fan was Liankai’s teacher, Qin Sang realizes her husband probably knew what happened before she told him.
Qin Sang: You already knew about Advisor Fan’s death, but why did you pretend not to know?
Liankai: The mountain has many eyes watching me. Officer Yao is Li Chongnian’s subordinate. Were you afraid other people wouldn’t know our family’s advisor is dead? I think there’s a problem with your brain!
Qin Sang: If he didn’t give me some of his guards, he might not have died.
Liankai: The assassin was able to kill him. It doesn’t matter how many guards there were, it would’ve been useless.
Liankai: I’m glad Teacher gave you some guards. That way, you were spared.
Qin Sang: I thought you wished I was dead.
Liankai: The things you should remember, you don’t. The things you shouldn’t, you remember clearly.”
As bombs explode in the distance, he grabs her waist and pulls her close.
Liankai: Why did you look for me?
Qin Sang: To test my life.
Murong Feng discusses his attack plan with his officers. Since their target is Liankai, he doesn’t care about anyone else on the mountain.
With Qin Sang by his side, Liankai unrolls a scroll of paper left by Advisor Fan. The message encourages him to be ambitious and seize power in the Yi family.
Qin Sang regrets not leaving any last words for her father. Liankai gives her a perfume bottle. The scent comforts him because it reminds him of his mother. When he was little, he was never afraid when she was near him.
He tells Qin Sang, “Your life is in my hands. I’m the only one who can decide whether you live or die.”
Liankai strikes first by burning the mountain. With the wind blowing downhill, he’s confident this will force Murong Feng to retreat.
The fire causes people in the mansion to panic, and they yell at Liankai for being reckless. He claims that this is the only way to save everyone.
Due to the raging fire, Murong Feng delays his attack, not willing to risk the lives of his soldiers or the civilians on the mountain.
Reporters show up, asking if negotiation has failed between the Murong family and the Yi family. Murong Feng tries to pass off the fire as an accident. Assessing his options, he chooses to retreat.
In a private meeting, Lianshen informs Lieutenant Song about transferring him to work for Liankai. From now on, the soldier’s new duty is to ensure Liankai’s safety.
The threat of the mountain is resolved. Officer Gao, whose son is with Liankai, relays the good news to Lianshen.
Lianshen doesn’t think his younger brother needs further assistance and turns his attention back to fighting the other warlords.
Qin Sang congratulates Liankai on his victory.
Liankai: Stupid people have luck so don’t think too much. I’m just scared of dying. I randomly started a fire and saved everyone.
Qin Sang: Everyone thinks you’re a rich playboy, but you hide and suppress your talent. Why?
Liankai: I want to peacefully be a rich playboy. In the Yi family, Eldest Brother has knowledge, and Second Brother can fight. I, the third brother, can gamble.
Qin Sang asks Liankai for a favor. Can he help get Yulin’s cousin out of jail?