Years after fleeing his hometown of Kaili in northern China, Luo Hongwu returns to settle the details of his late father's estate. When he accidentally finds a picture of a woman partially hidden behind a clock, a myriad of memories and images from his past spring to mind. He then goes in search of this woman. When he finds her, she says her name is Wan Qiwen. But has she ever existed elsewhere than in Luo's dreams and memories?