Sixteen-year-old Ah-fend, enveloped in youthful romantic emotion emotion and married into the rich and powerful Li family. However, only a few hills away from her birthplace, the peak on her forehead, a sign that was supposed to bring prosperity and untold riches to her husband’s family, became a “Forehead Fork”, a curse that would have to be lifted by a shaman midway on her wedding journey. And then, by purposely pushing the stone mill in a counter-clockwise direction, her mother-in-law laid a curse to cause her natal family’s demise. So, Ah-fend, furious, became determined to combat the curse and devoted herself to a life filled with endless battles, risking the beauty of her body and her lifetime in the challenge.
“Life is an ornate robe embedded with fleas. When your whole body is itching, will you rise up to fight or accept defeat?” said Ai-ling Zhang, a famous novelist. In this book, the fictional works allow you to see Ah-fend’s hardship and wickedness, to see the Zhang’s soaring justice and aching bitterness, to see Han-xiao’s tolerance and benevolence, and to see Liang-shan’s torment from a past memory and present guilt. These characters are weighted down with such overwhelming burdens, but like brave heroes they face up to the challenges.