At the beginning of the 20th century, China is in a state of crisis. The country is split into warring factions and people are starving. After 250 years of unquestioned power, the ruling Qing Dynasty, led by a seven-year-old emperor and his ruthless mother Empress Dowager Longyu, has become completely out of touch. With the citizens beginning to revolt, the Qings are creating a powerful, modern army to quash any rebellion. But foreign weapons are expensive, and so the Qing leaders are trading away anything they can get their hands on to try and raise funds. China's heritage, and future, are being mortgaged away for guns. Huang Xing has recently returned from Japan, where he has studied the art of modern warfare. When he finds his country falling apart, he feels he has no choice but to join the opposition, leading a series of violent rebellions against the powerful Qing Dynasty. As his plans begin to succeed, the Qings turn the might of the New Army towards him and his fellow revolutionaries.