n 1943, the Japanese army invaded the strategic town Changde in northwestern Hunan Province. The outnumbered No. 74 and No. 57 Divisions of the Chinese army prepare for a desperate battle with the enemy. The night before the battle, Division leader Feng Baohua postpones his wedding with his fiancé, Wanqing, in order to prepare for battle. A local Miao youth Huang Erhu enliststo fight for his traumatized family and country. Under the heavy Japanese firepower, Deshan town and Hefu town are lost, leaving Changde stranded. Yu Chengwan orders the troops to live and die with the city. The Huben soldiers fought for every inch of land amid toxic gas and bombardment. The No. 57 Division eventually sacrifices their lives, leaving a legacy that will live forever in the history of anti-Japanese war.