It’s the 1990s, Shanghai is a land of golden opportunity. Lu Tu, the best hotel head concierge in Shanghai falls in love with A-Juan, a girl who is materialistic and desperate to go abroad.
Lu’s work is noticed by Mr. Mi, the head of a service that charges a premium to help Chinese citizens attain American visas. He asks Lu Tu to find prospective clients for the service and also offers him a chance to go to America with him, but Lu Tu decides to stay in Shanghai and gives the opportunity to A-Juan instead.
After helping Mr. Mi find clients willing to pay hard-earned money for visas to America, Lu Tu soon discovers that the visa service is a scam. The money vanishes overnight, along with Mr. Mi and A-Juan. Kept in the dark, A-Juan follows Mr. Mi to America. Donny, Mr. Mi’s boss and the mastermind behind the scam, fancies A-Juan and keeps her as his mistress.
Realizing the deception, the furious Lu Tu flies to America to confront Mr. Mi, but accidentally kills him in a fight. Soon, Donny’s men show up and gun down Lu Tu. Finally knowing the truth, A-Juan agonizes over the loss of Lu Tu and her own incompetence.
Despite everything that has happened, A-Juan settles down and finds her own place in this big melting pot, as her life goes on.