After a severe drought, Ma Wing Jing (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and Tai Cheung (Wah Yuen) leave Shantung for Shanghai. They are forced to work as coolies. Ma - a fierce fighter - saves the life of crime boss Tam See (Biao Yuen), thereby earning the hatred of Tam's riaval, Yang Shuang (Tak Yuen). Ma takes control of a club run by Yam Yueng Tien (Valerie Chow) and soon becomes a famous underworld figure. His swift rise to power leaves him ill-prepared to deal with Yang's cunning and he must pay a bloody price for his success.