The story is about a small town in Taiwan during the 50's and 60's. The most prominent family in town is the one that has Mei-Hsia. There is a local peasant assocation. They like each other, but Mei-Hsia doesn't want her mother to know they're seeing each other. They wait for a match to be made for Mei-Hsia's family. Mei-Hsia's family wouldn't agree to their marriage. The parents of Mei-Hsia sent her to a relative in the northeast to stop them from seeing each other, but Yun-Lang followed her there. Until Mei-Hsia's mother finds out, her relative doesn't stop them. Their love is open. The Mei-Hsias are going to propose a marriage between the two families. Everyone was surprised when the Yun-Langs turned it down. The two planned to elope. She kills herself. It has been a long time since Yun-Lang could call his wife.