Chunlan is a virtuous wife and filial daughter-in-law, but she is not treated well by her mother-in-law Mrs. An. At the wedding of Mrs. An’s second son, she is eventually expelled from the family. To teach Mrs. An a lesson, Uncle An, the elder
of An Household, asks Dongmei the bride to rock the boat on the wedding night. After tasting the bitter fruit, Mrs. An deeply regrets what she has done to Chunlan. She pleads with the latter to come back, and the broken family is finally reunited.