Sun Li stars as Zhen Huan, a 17-year-old innocent introduced into the imperial court as the latest concubine of Emperor Yong Zheng (Chen Jianbin). Her dreams of a new life of love and prosperity are swiftly dashed as she enters a dog-eat-dog world of treachery and corruption. Her arrival sparks anger and resentment in Consort Hua (Jiang Xin), the highest-ranking concubine in the imperial harem and a powerful figure due to the authority of her brother, a prominent general. Zhen Huan must also do battle with the First Empress (Ada Choi), whose own elevated position in the court is under threat. Amidst all the bitter rivalries and deadly conspiracies, Zhen Huan must summon all her inner strength to protect herself - even from those she once counted as friends. But can she rise to wealth and glory in the Forbidden City without being tainted by corruption? Shown in China as 76 45-minute episodes across two seasons, the English version is presented as six sumptuous episodes of 90 minutes, with the drama and intrigue played out among fascinating insights into court etiquette, fashions, poetry, performance, Chinese medicine - and ageless human frailty and chicanery.