- A tiny village in Yunnan province, China, the present day. After being attacked by chicken thieves one night, village headman Lü (Wang Xueqi) is thought to be dead and his elder son, Lü Guo (Ren Long), who works for the county government, tries to assemble enough people to carry his coffin, including his younger brother Lü Shan (Zhu Yuchen) and village blacksmith Hu Dali (Hao Yupeng). However, when they arrive at the father's home, he's still alive, and as pugnacious as ever, refusing to talk to Lü Shan, who left home three years ago after a violent argument and has since been working as a mountain guide. Now he's back in the village, Lü Shan looks up his onetime sweetheart, shepherdess Yuncao (Tang Yifei), whom he hears is about to marry a man called Zhou, but she gives him a hard time for having deserted her without any explanation. Lü Guo continues trying to renconcile his brother and his father, but the latter is extremely stubborn. Meanwhile, Hu is summoned in front of a village "morality court" by local dentist-cum-busybody Chen Yigui (Pu Xiaohu) for supposedly harrassing Chen's sister-in-law Guihua (Wang Yan), whose husband disappeared four years ago. As the time approaches when all the villagers — for environmental reasons — have to move into new housing provided by the county government, Lü Guo's father still refuses to leave the house he's lived in for over 30 years. And until he leaves, none of the other villagers will, either.