This is a story about 5 young women who grow up together in a rural village in China, where women are considered worthless and men, masters of the house. Mingtao, the eldest is forced into a marriage against her will. Aiyue lives with her 70 year old grandmother whose birthday is being celebrated. Even the old woman can’t sit at the table with the men. Hexiang helps her sister-in-law elope with her secret lover.