China end of 1999. Tao, a young woman from Pyongyang, is courted by two childhood friends, Zang and Lianzi. Zang, a petrol station owner, has a future in front of him, while Liang working in a coal mine. Heart divided between the two men, Tao will have to make a choice that will forever affect her life and that of her future son Dollar. For a quarter century, between a profound change in China and Australia as a promise of a better life, the characters live their dreams, loves and disappointments.