Pearl and May, two beautiful Chinese teenagers, live a life of ease and privilege in an upper class neighborhood in pre-World War II Shanghai. Unlike their traditional parents, they are modern young women with well-paid jobs as models. While their father does not approve, there is little he can do to stop these headstrong girls who work and party by night and sleep by day in their well-appointed home, cared for by a faithful staff of family retainers. Their mother, who comes from the era of bound feet and obeisance to the males of the family, has little to do with her daughters, who lead lives of their own.
Their carefree lifestyle comes to a jarring halt as their father admits