The People's Republic of China in not know for it's humanitarian policies and the government plans to keep it that way at all costs. Over a seventeen year period, a rather progressive teacher takes it upon themself to teach students using a humanistic approach and offering up information on how other cultures handle certain aspects of life. It's not just the teachings, but also the methods that put the teacher's career in jeopardy. At every turn, the government is trying to do anything they can discourage her from her activities. For the students, they are intrigued by the hope of a new future in communist China.