After the failures of the Sino-Japanese War of 1895 and the Hundred Days’ Reform of 1898, Emperor Guangxu (Ngo Ka-nin) was removed from power by his aunt, Empress Dowager Cixi (Law Lan), and put under house arrest.Highly-skilled physician To Chung (Roger Kwok) was called to the Imperial Palace to treat Cixi, who has been suffering from a weird illness for quite some time. When To Chung heals Cixi successfully, she grants him the title of Imperial Palace Physician, which To Chung reluctantly accepts.To Chung develops a close relationship with Emperor Guangxu during his time in the Imperial Palace. Not only does he improve the young emperor’s health, he also helps the emperor patch up his relationship with wife, Consort Tsan (Rebecca Zhu). But despite his medical title, To Chung is unable to heal his sick and handicapped wife, Hung Bak-hap (JJ Jia).
Desperately, he seeks the bone-setting doctor, Fuk Ling (Tavia Yeung), in Beijing. Fuk Ling’s treatment remedies his wife’s pain. Impressed with her skills, To Chung refers FukLing to the Imperial Palace, where she ends up as Cixi’s personal bonesetter. To Chung and Fuk Ling’s friendship develops into romantic love, but To Chung’s loyalty to his wife prevents him from pursuing the relationship further.
Fuk Ling’s introduction to the Imperial Palace, however, came at a cost. She had one mission in mind, a mission that encompasses the secrets of the Qing court. But with a secret that big, would she and To Chung be able to escape from the crises unfolding in court, in a dynasty that is doomed to fall?