The film revolves around three Chinese women's lives in a Japanese-occupied area during the Sino-Japanese War (1937-45). They still have hope for a better future despite all their pains, and each has a unique story anchored in historical turbulence.
Xinqun, a female patriot, joins the underground army to fight for her nation. Ruoying have thought of joining her patriotic ex-husband in the battlefield, but she finds it hard to leave her rich husband who is a traitor. Jinzhu attempts suicide for she cannot stands her humiliating life, but luckily a passer-by saves her life. Her experience inspires Ruoying, and Xinqun helps the two to start their new lives...