No of Episodes: 20
Author: 席绢 (Xi Juan)
Female Voice: 棉签是海绵 (Mián Qiān Shì Hǎi Mián)
The story started with a family tragedy. A woman urged her daughter to quickly run away to hide. The woman opened a trap hole big enough to fit the small girl and tell her to follow the hole until she sees Zhi Mo Mo at the other side. After the woman closed the hole, the small girl heard people crying, screaming and instruction to kill everyone in the mansion. The small girl remembered her mother’s last advice, “live on”.
In the Feng Yuan City, there is a wealthy merchant family surnamed Shen. The Shen family has no male heir and only has a female heiress. This female heiress is Shen Yun Duan, a 16-year-old girl. Shen Yun Duan was famous for her beauty and intelligence. Old Madam Shen only wanted Shen Yun Duan to marry a husband and live a happy and peaceful life. Shen Yun Duan’s grandmother and mother picked the third sons of the Zhou family for Shen Yun Duan as her husband. The 3rd Zhou Master has no official position in the government and rumoured to have poor health. Old Madam Shen felt that it was not a problem. As long as the 3rd Zhou master lived long enough to beget two sons with Shen Yun Duan is good enough. Old Madam Shen believes that it is not a good sign for a man to live too long. If the man lives too long, he will tend to get more concubines which will in return lead to conflict and quarrel among his wives. The Shen family only has one request. They want the second son of Shen Yun Duan to be surnamed Shen to continue the family lineage.
Shen Yun Duan is very pampered and not very smart but she is very good to pick the capable people who can help her. Shen Yun Duan has a capable and intelligent maid called Yang Mei (FL). Mrs Shen found out about Yang Mei’s intelligence two years ago and wanted to get rid of her. But Shen Yun Duan has been protecting Yang Mei. Mrs Shen told herself before she dies, she will get rid of Yang Mei.
Before Shen Yun Duan and 3rd Master Zhou engagement, Old Madam Shen passed away. Mrs Shen died 3 months later before the marriage date has been fixed. Both the maternal families from Old Madam Shen and Mrs Shen started to meddle in Shen Yun Duan’s future. Shen Yun Duan met with a horse carriage accident 6 months later. Shen Yun Duan injured her face during the accident.
Shen Yun Duan’s personality changed 360 degrees after the accident. Everyone thought Shen Yun Duan has turned mad due to her disfigurement. This Shen Yun Duan was actually impersonated by Yang Mei (FL).
3rd young Master Zhou Su (ML) travelled to Feng City to meet with Shen Yun Duan. On the way, he bumped into the real Shen Yun Duan. ML wondered the motive of Miss Shen and the person who impersonated her in Feng city.
Only Li Mo Mo (Shen Yun Duan’s nanny) and 4 personal maids know about FL’s personating as Shen Yun Duan. One of the maids got sold off. Qiu Ran left with the real Shen Yun Duan. Zhi Xia continued as a personal maid to FL. Zhi Xia suggested FL marry ML and then she herself become ML’s concubine. Zhi Xia threatened FL to cooperate with her otherwise she will tell the truth to ML.
ML planned to stay in Feng city for 2 years until the mourning period is over to marry FL.
Ling Mo Mo used Zhi Granny to threaten FL. FL made a pact with Zhi Xia. Zhi Xia helped FL to meet with Zhi Granny. FL tell Zhi Granny to leave Shen residence or fake her own death within one year.
ML asked his staff to investigate the background of Yang Mei. Based on the report, Yang Mei and Zhi Granny signed a 10 years service contract with Shen family. ML suspected that Yang Mei is the one impersonating Shen Yun Duan. ML spent the next 6 months in Feng City getting close to FL to get to know her. But ML has not been very successful. FL remained reserved and did not give ML any chance of seeing her face. After what FL has gone through during her childhood, she no longer trusts anyone with her life.
One day, ML invited FL to the temple to pray. They got abducted on their way. ML got injured on the head. ML saw FL’s face at last. ML also revealed to FL that he knows her true identity but when he tried to dig further into her background, FL remained silent. FL knows that the kidnapper’s focus is ML and if she was to run away, they will not spend their energy to chase after her. FL has no intention to bring ML along her. ML also figure out what FL was thinking. ML felt very sad that he failed to get FL to accept him.
When the opportunity to escape came, FL did not leave. ML noticed FL changed her mind after they met a girl called Bai Qing Cheng. ML got implicated in the fight among the princes for the throne.
Bai Qing Cheng and FL are twins. Their mother separated them after birth hoping that one of them will continue the family lineage if a disaster befalls on the Bai’s family. The real Shen Yun Duan also appeared at last. After she saw ML’s look, she regretted that she ran away from home. Shen Yun Duan jealous of FL and told ML the truth. But that did not change ML’s mind about FL.
After ML and FL got rescued, ML continued to pursue FL. It took 2 years before FL agreed to marry him.