Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him.
During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
In a future society, officials choose your job, your spouse, and when you die. After a young girl (Cassia) is "matched" with her best friend (Xander), things go crazy and Cassia must choose between love and order.