Lord Kang is determined to prepare his son for financial leadership by molding Third Master into his own image. But the strong-willed businessman s methods do not sit well with Third Master, who sees the salvation of his business in following the righteous path of his ancestors.
Third Master and Lord Kang's tense relationship is further complicated by the son s feelings for his beautiful young stepmother (Hao Lei) -- his first and only love -- stolen from him by his own father.
The fate of the banking empire and its most powerful family now lies with one idealistic young man torn between the needs of the people, the duty to his family, and the undying love of a woman.
Epic in sweep...packs enough incident to cover two 'Godfather movies --Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Engaging tale of banking and bad behavior makes 19th Century China look uncomfortably like 21st-century America" --Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times