The story takes place in north China in the 1930s.
Xiao Pang, runs away from home because he is no
longer able to bear the ill treatment of his step-mother.
Xiao Pang's real mother has long been missing.
in the city, he wanders around, walking amidst
the crowds. A boy pickpocket, Ah Guo, picks a
wallet and by mistake, places it into Xiao Pang's
pocket. This provokes a lot of fun in the streets.
the incident, Xiao Pang and Ah Guo become fast
friends. Both kids join an opera troupe.
One day, Xiao Lian, a girl working in the opera
troupe is kidnapped. The boys try by all means
to rescue her and finally succeed.
In their wandering career, the boys learn to get
along with a mute woman. One day, Xiao Pang comes
across his father. He is shocked to find out that
the mute woman is, in fact, his missing mother.