Na Lam ascends the throne at the age of fifteen. The empress dowager worries her son is too arrogant and selfish to be a good emperor. The empress dowager recruits Ling Fei the daughter of a trustworthy ally to moderate Na Lam’s arrogance.
Na Lam doesn’t want the commoner Ling Fei to become his empress. Ling Fei promises Na Lam if he can defeat her in a dual then she’ll ask the empress dowager to break their betrothal.