After “Sparrow”, Insects Awaken is the next novel by Hai Fei to be made into a drama with the same team behind. The story is set in 1941 when Shanghai falls into the hands of the enemy. Street hoodlum Chen Shan (Zhang Ruo Yun), who looks confusingly similar to military special agent Xiao Zheng Guo, catches the eye of Japanese special agent Huang Mu Wei (Wang Long Zheng). Mu Wei abducts Chen Shan’s sister Chen Xia (Luo Qiu Yun) and forces Chen Shan to work as a spy for the Japanese. In order to save his sister, Chen Shan agrees to go through a special training and subsequently pretends to be Zheng Guo. He goes to Chongqing and lives together with Zheng Guo’s wife Yu Xiao Wan (Adi Kan). In Chongqing, he meets Zhang Li (Wang Ou), who is an underground member of the Communist Party hiding in the army, and falls in love at first sight. Thanks to Zhang Li, Chen Shan comes to understand about his responsibility as a Chinese citizen and eventually joins the Communist Party. While working hard to break free from the control of the Japanese as well as the military and save his sister, Chen Shan also fights alongside Zhang Li and other members to lead the Party to victory.
Jiang He (Qin Hao) is assigned as the new chief of the Dong River Port Public Security Bureau. On his second day in office, a passenger ship sinks and Dong River Port’s important partner, the chief accountant of Yashan Colliery, suddenly goes missing. Jiang He has to deal with the aftermath and successfully reform the old port.
In order to help her boyfriend through his company’s crisis, lawyer Ruan Man Jun (Adi Kan) acts on an impulse and breaks the law. She looses her lawyer license and has to serve time in prison as a consequence. On top of that, her boyfriend marries someone else right on the day she is released. During this dark time, the devastated Man Jun meets Tong Zhuo Yao (Zhang Han) who has equally been deeply hurt by love. Zhuo Yao has a successful business and thus offers his help to the jobless Man Jun. Man Jun, however, declines and decides to start from scratch as a delivery worker. Zhuo Yao sees how hardworking she is and falls for her strong and independent personality.