the story followed Luzhen, a young girl from a wealthy pottery merchant family. she was well-versed with her father's business and loved dearly by her father. when she was targeted by her stepmother, her father was killed and she was said to be the killer. eventually she escaped into the palace as a trainee. to avenge her father's death, she had to rise through the ranks for a position of Prime Minister. as she fell for the second prince Gaozhan, the odds were stacked against them and further complicated by the jealousy from princess Huanyun who married his brother Gaoyan, the king.
with all the threats and sabotages, there were never a dull moment as the drama progressed and we followed Luzhen's growth as a politician. she had to navigate through plenty of traps created by different people throughout her different ranks just to stop her from being even more successful. due to her intelligence, she got through the mess just fine, sometimes with the help of good people, sometimes even from her foes. even their love story had to be anything but smooth sailing. every time the duo got together, things only got heated up, soon they would get discouraged by a certain situation only to get back together again.