In this Chinese saga, the emperor's decision to hand over affairs of state to his cruel prime minister creates an endless amount of trouble that culminates in the destruction of a powerful family. Only one survives the massacre: Li-hua, the emperor's pregnant sister--who later bears a son. To protect the endangered child, a friend switches babies, and the real heir to the throne is safely placed in the home of the prime minister (who wants the throne for himself). Fifteen years pass before the royal son is told the truth about his parentage. To avenge the slaughter of his family and their loss of honor, he kills the aged prime minister.
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