Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen stars in this ancient Chinese period piece. When the emperor of Yan is assassinated, his lead general, Muyong Xuehu (Yen) is declared the new ruler.
However, the other Yan generals do not take kindly to his appointment, so Xuehu vacates the throne to avoid a civil war and passes the crown onto the emperor’s only child, the beautiful Yan Fei’er (Kelly Chen).
Xuehu has been secretly in love with Fei’er for years which causes complications when he is charged with conducting her military training. However, Fei’er falls for an eccentric forest hermit (Leon Lai) who saves the young empress from an assassin.