The drama follows an ordinary scholar named Yang Ling (Jiang Jin Fu) on his way to become a royal highness of the Ming dynasty. On his wedding day, Yan Ling suddenly falls down and can’t get up anymore. While recovering from his illness, he looks at his new wife Han You Niang (Crystal Yuan) and realizes that he feels ashamed of being poor. He thus decides to sell his field and goes to take the imperial exam. When Yan Ling helps uncovering a murder mystery, he gains recognition from the county magistrate who lets him work as teacher, which allows Yang Ling to prove his worth. On the battlefield, he meets the crown prince Zhu Hou Zhao (Liu Rui Lin) who went undercover and they become partners and friends. Yang Ling will fight alongside Hou Zhao against conspiracies and eventually help him ascend the throne.