Most of the action is a long flashback concerning the life and loves of hot-tempered movie actor Shing and the many woman in his life, but one in particular, who is the natural mother of the narrator. Ling grew up in the same poor neighbourhood as Shing, and they hung around together for awhile. Nancy is a washed-up movie star, whom Shing lives with and lives off for awhile. Shing also spends some time living with Sheung. Ling wants to get into movies, and meeting rich producer Mr Lui is a big help. Ling changes her name to Lily, and comes up against Shing again on a movie set, which rekindles their earlier romance.
However, Mr Lui is getting old, and proposes to Ling/Lily, but she becomes pregnant to Shing. Pressured by Lui, Ling/Lily begs Sheung (who had recently kicked Shing out of her home) to take care of her baby, who becomes the narrator in the present time.