Wen Chen, an honest insurance company salesman, has traveled all the way from China to look for a woman named Lu Shen. The two have enjoyed a rather carefree relationship together, where Wen, being Lu’s “fake boyfriend”, eventually fell victim of her never-ending series of bizarre challenges. In Tromsø, Wen bumps into a taxi driver who recognizes Lu as “the Chinese girl in the mountains”, and the two of them set out to find her.
In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease and the corruption of the ruling Kuomintang government.