During the Daoguang period of Qing Dynasty, opium exerts a widespread pernicious influence in China and impairs the empire to increasing moral weakness. A memorial to the throne astounds the court above and the masses below while the debate over whether to strictly prohibit the circulation of opium ends in a deadlock. LIN goes to Guangdong to ban opium smoking and trade under an imperial edict. LIN tries his best to turn the tide against the imminent peril generated by aggressive foreigners, greedy opium traders, corrupt officialdom and the treacherous royal court. He goes to battle without fear.

China descends into semi-colonial and semi-feudal society since the strong ships and fierce guns break up its defense. The important figures who determines the fate of the nation present their psychological struggles on the historical stage when it comes to upheaval. The outstanding contrasts between weakness and power, cowardice and bravery, meanness and greatness are uncovered.

From confidence of settling matters to confusion about how to restore dignity of the country wrought in devastation, LIN discovers the slim hope in the pride reflected in the people’s eyes which have witnessed the destruction of opium on humans. He says, “Before the event in Guangzhou I only knew about China, after it, I ca see the world!”


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