„I see that as I studied the classics more, I became a worse and worse student. The more I studied, the more my family was broken.” (Chaoyan, the protagonist and the mother of Chen)
Chaoyan is a young mother with a steady job living in a giant city. Her life is comfortable, but she increasingly finds emptiness at home with her young son Chen, her husband Mei, and his mother. Chaoyan met Mei when he was a young man with big dreams. But now, with a utilitarian focus on money, he isn’t that way anymore. But Chaoyan discovers ancient teachings that her generation has forgotten: Confucianism. She insists that Chen join her studies, so he can absorb these values from an early age, but Mei is reluctant. Split across different values, the family’s conflicts intensify, and their ties weaken, approaching a breaking point from which they might never recover.