A princess of Liang is born in the time of the Northern and Southern dynasties. Years later, her father returns home from his confinement.
The collapsed Xin'er is saved by the kind-hearted Li Wei Young, who lives her life in obscurity despite being the daughter of the noble Li Xiaoran.
Chiyun Rou controls the Li family with her arrogant daughter Changle. Wei Young surprises everyone at a birthday celebration for the grandmother.
Chiyun Rou feels Changle's position threatened and plots a devious trap for Wei Young by laying blame for all the misfortune at the estate upon her.
After being saved by the man running from killers, Wei Young is nursed back to health, glad to be reunited with Tuoba Jun who has now saved her twice.
Wei Young is back at the Li estate and glad to see that her grandmother and mother are well. Tuoba Jun waits for her at the appointed place.
While attending a celebration along with Changle and Changru, Wei Young is reunited with Tuoba Jun but is shocked to learn his real identity.
Wei Young is worried she will be discovered when Li Minfeng gets his hands a portrait of the Liang princess. She sneaks into his room to retrieve it.
Changle takes her anger out on Wei Young, thinking she is getting to close too Tuoba Jun. Then Changle takes credit for Wei Young's relief plan.
Wei Young takes a risk by telling the Crown Princess that there is a problem with the plan, but Minfeng goes ahead with it, leading to violence.
Minfeng and Changle are handed down punishment after Wei Young proves that it was she and not Changle who came up with the plan.
Wei Young vows revenge after Minfeng causes Ziyan to meet her untimely end. She exposes his wrongdoing at a celebration held in her honor.
Revenge against Wei Young burns in Chiyun Rou's heart as she mourns her son Minfeng. She comes up with a plan after learning Wei Young's secret.
When Wei Young's identity is put to the test, she realizes it's the work of Chiyun Rou and tries to outmaneuver her, but proof is brought against her.
Li Minde heads out to Zhengding in his uncle's stead. As Tuoba Di tags along with him pretending to be a prince, they are followed.
Xiaoran thinks that Chiyun Rou concocted a story, but then seeing proof of her illness begins to doubt Wei Young and confines her to quarters.
Tuoba Jun saves Wei Young from being killed in the nick of time, and tells everyone that the fan is his. Later he declares his feelings to Wei Young.
Tuoba Yu tries to bring Wei Young to his side after seeing her stand up to Tuoba Han, Changle and Changxi when they abuse Minde.
At a banquet for the Empress, Wei Young gives Li Changru the opportunity to dance before the assembly, then performs with Tuoba Jun and Minde.
Minde has been attacked and it's not clear whether he is still alive. Zhou Xuemei realizes Chiyun Rou is behind it and places her hope in Wei Young.
Tuoba Di comes with Tuoba Jun to the Li home and visits Lady Zhou, while Tuoba Jun gently comforts Wei Young. Minde escapes death and returns home.
Minde tries to kill Chiyun Rou to avenge Lady Zhou. Wei Young and Jun Tao learn that Jun Tao's father Ming Shu and other Jiang vassals are in danger.
The Jiang vassals are released thanks to Tuoba Jun, but Chiyun Nan appears and slaughters them. Ming Shu escapes and later gives Wei Young a document.
The Emperor holds a hunting expedition and declares he will grant the top hunter one request. Meanwhile Changru plots to ruin Changle's reputation.
Wei Young wants to win the hunting contest so she can reveal Chiyun Nan's treason to the Emperor. Tuoba Jun goes missing on the final day of the hunt.
Wei Young exits the scene so Tuoba Jun will not know that she helped him. Changle climbs down into the pit and lies that she is Jun's savior.
Tuoba Jun comes to the rescue when Wei Young is beset by Chiyun Nan's men and chased to a precipice, but Wei Young does not want to get him involved.
With her sights on Tuoba Jun, Changle finds favor with the Crown Princess. Wei Young has nothing to hide from Tuoba Jun as they declare their love.
While Tuoba Jun is caught in a dilemma with talk of marriage to Changle, the Emperor decides on an arranged marriage for Wei Young to avoid conflict.
Tuoba Jun earns the wrath of the Emperor and is stripped of his title for going after Wei Young, who is assaulted by the Song envoy near the border.
Tuoba Yu follows Wei Young as she heads for Huatai, which is encircled by the Song army. Wei Young is reunited with Tuoba Jun after her plan succeeds.
Tuoba Jun recovers from his comatose state thanks to Wei Young's tender care. Changru feels anger and sorrow because of Wei Young's gift to Tuoba Yu.
Wei Young suspects foul play behind Tuoba Jun's injury when Tuoba Yu is honored instead of him. She later receives a letter that startles her.
The Crown Princess is killed while Wei Young is out following the cryptic letter. Wei Young gets accused, and even Tuoba Jun begins to doubt her.
Wei Young proves her innocence and lays Chiyun Nan's guilt bare before the Emperor, who forces her to give up on both her revenge and Tuoba Jun.
After receiving a warm reception from the Emperor, Tuoba Yu learns about Changru's plot while he was away and is asked by Tuoba Jun to help Wei Young.
Wei Young, now a servant, is shocked to hear that Jun will take Changle as his bride. Even worse, she is forced to attend the ceremony.
After removing Tuoba Jun from the succession fight, Tuoba Yu plots against Tuoba Han. Jun looks into his mother's death and begins to suspect Changle.
A poisoned needle is discovered in the clothing of the Empress. Wei Young is falsely accused and given three days to prove her innocence.
Wei Young cleverly reveals the real culprit and is then put in charge of the other maids as a reward. Tuoba Jun continues to hide his feelings.
The Emperor strips Tuoba Han of his title and puts him into confinement when his sins are revealed. Wei Young has doubts that Changle killed Baizhi.
A delegation from the Khanate arrives. Minde comes before the Emperor with his sister and Jiao, who proposes a marriage between the Khan and Tuoba Di.
Princess Anle sees Wei Young as her sworn enemy. When the body of the princess is later found down a well, Wei Young falls under suspicion.
Tuoba Jun appears before Wei Young, who will be killed in three days time, and tells her everything. Wei Young realizes how he had been protecting her.
Wei Young is picked by the Emperor to be his lady-in-waiting and spends time with Tuoba Jun while Changru is held at the palace until she gives birth.
Minde is badly wounded by Tuoba Yu after infiltrating the military office, but heads to the palace and saves Wei Young from poison without her knowing.
The Emperor is displeased with Wei Young for setting Tuoba Jun and Tuoba Yu against each other. Changru tells Changle about her husband's rendezvous.
When Changu's plot against Wei Young is revealed she is sentenced to be killed after giving birth. Tuoba Jun receives a letter about his father.
In Wei Young's investigation of Zhong Zheng's murder she searches his manor and finds a secret room, only to become trapped inside with Tuoba Yu.
Tuoba Jun discovers that Tuoba Yu was pulling the strings behind Zhong Zheng's murder. He uses Changle to draw out the culprit Chiyun Nan.
Tuoba Jun goes with Wei Young back to the manor to investigate and finds evidence of his father's innocence, which he reports to the Emperor.
Tuoba Yu holds the Li family hostage and forces Wei Young to lie about the Emperor's choice of heir. Tuoba Jun is arrested for treason and tortured.
Convinced that Tuoba Jun has lost his mind, Tuoba Yu lets him go. Changle plans to have Changru take the blame for poisoning Wei Young.
After giving Wei Young the only antidote pill, Tuoba Jun coughs up blood and collapses. Changru appears with sword in hand and moves toward Wei Young.