The story centers on the schemes between Emperor YongZheng’s concubines in the imperial palace during the Qing Dynasty. The pure and innocent 17-year-old Zhen Huan is chosen for the emperor’s harem, and after entering the palace, she finds herself caught in the fierce infighting between the empress and the concubines, realizing that the palace is actually a cruel and harsh place. Zhen has to learn to survive on her own, sometimes by unscrupulous methods. With her wits and talents, Zhen fights her way through and wins the emperor’s affection, ultimately becoming the most powerful concubine in the imperial palace; and ascending to unparalleled glory and wealth. However, she also becomes a woman with few true friends at her own side, even after she is rid of all her enemies.