|A young girl named Lingyu lives with her relatives in Shanghai. After the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese war, she decides to join a travelling theatre troupe. While travelling with the troupe, Lingyu learns about real life, acquires acting skills and falls in love with a colleague, Libin.
Lingyu and Libin are married on Victory Day. Afterwards they go back to Shanghai and live temporarily with Lingyu's relatives, but before long they become disgusted with the social injustices and inequalities surrounding them. One evening Lingyu is hit by a car and taken to the hospital. Her friends come to see her, but no one knows if she will survive. (Encyclopedia of Chinese Film, ed. Xiao Zhiwei, Zhang Yingjin)