In a masterful blend of fiction and historical facts, an acclaimed wuxia author's final work unfolds the tale of an unusual hero whose rise to notoriety is fuelled by fortuitous events and shrewd schemes.
The story commences with an astute, lazy youth who has grown up within the lively walls of a brothel in Yangzhou. Convinced he has absorbed all the wisdom about heroism from the conversations he overheard at a local teahouse, he sets his sights on becoming a hero himself. His first step on this path is an impulsive decision to come to the aid of a down-on-his-luck gallant man. This chance encounter lands him an opportunity to travel to Beijing, where a much grander narrative awaits him.
Once in the capital, a twist of fate leads our protagonist to impersonate a minor eunuch in the imperial palace. It is here, amidst the royal quarters, that he stumbles upon the young emperor engaged in solitary combat practice. The street-smart young man and the emperor spar, only to strike up a friendship that would seem improbable under normal circumstances.
As the series unfolds, the young man from the brothel serves as an indispensable ally to the emperor. His skills and wits are essential in the emperor's quest to eliminate a menacing court official, quell a formidable rebellion, and navigate a sea of intricate political challenges. All the while, he harbors a secret allegiance to a covert organization that opposes the ruling dynasty, a fact he must mask to safeguard his double life and fulfill his dual obligations.