Meng Fuyao becomes a disciple of the Xuanyuan Sword Sect as a child, though she is despised for her lack of talent in the art of cultivation. Fuyao masters a powerful set of martial arts skills by chance, and embarks on a journey to collect the secret talismans of the five kingdoms, which will later enable her to enter the sacred land known only as the Firmament (cangqiong / 苍穹).
She is joined by several admirers, including crown prince of Wuji Kingdom Zhangsun Wuji , the ruler of the Tiansha Kingdom Zhan Beiye, assassin and physician Zong Yue and noble young sir Yunheng among others. Funnily enough, there are only 8 major male characters in the novel, and 7(!) are romantically interested in Meng Fuyao.
Together they help pacify all the political and military uprisings in the smaller kingdoms, and defeat the evil being guarding the Firmament. Of course, Meng Fuyao also gets her happy ending with Zhangsun Wuji.