Quanding’s stepmother Yao intends to have Quanding killed on his way to the imperial examination so that her son, Quanyi, can inherit the family properties. Loyal servant Liu Cheng rescues Quanding and persuades him to feign death.
Hearing the news of Quanding’s death, his wife Wang and his half brother Quanyi go to the crime scene to pay their respects. A mystical tiger suddenly appears and pounces on Wang. Quanyi fights with the animal and both the tiger and Quanyi disappear down the cliff.
Learning of the death of Quanyi, her biological son, an angry Yao bribes the county magistrate and accusesWang of killing her brother-in-law after she failed to seduce him. Wang is arrested, and Quanding’s son and daughter, Jintong and Yunu, are banished. Against all odds and following expert advice, the brother and sister file a complaint to the district magistrate.
Jintong offers to take the punishment for his mother and is sentenced to military exile. Meanwhile, Quandinghas come out first in the highest imperial examination. Quanyi, who learns great kung fu after his fight with the mystical tiger, has been made a feudal lord for meritorious service after quelling a rebellion. On their way home, the brothers meet Jintong and release him after hearing his complaint about the injustice he has suffered. After they arrive at their home,Yao becomes such an outcast that even her own son despises her for what she has done. The stepmother is not forgiven until she is saved from a feigned suicide. She finally repents her misdeed and harmony returns to the reunited family.