The story revolves around the life of Mi Yue and the unending hardships that she faces as a female ruler during the Warring States Era.
Mi Yue is the favorite princess of the king of Chu, but as the king of Chu goes out into battle and suffers a misfortune, the mother of Mi Yue gets banished from the palace. Mi Yue and the Chu prince, Huang Xie, are childhood friends. The two are very in love with each other and in order to elope, Mi Yue agrees to accompany her sister, Mi Shu as she travels to Qin to be wed to the King.
Along the way, their carriage gets attacked by Di Li’s troops. To save Mi Yue, Huang Xie falls into the valley and his whereabouts become unknown. The disheartened Mi Yue decides to investigate who ordered the attack so she accompanies Mi Shu into the palace. Lady Wei kidnaps Mi Yue’s half-brother, Wei Ran, forcing Mi Yue to ask for help from the King of Qin and to become his concubine, thus beginning her journey to become the first empress dowager in Chinese history.