Bao-Yu, born with a piece of jade in his mouth, grows up in a luxurious mansion with his extended family dominated by his grandmother Jia.
When Dai-Yu and Bao-Ch'ai, two beautiful cousins, come to stay, Bao-Yu falls in love with the passionate and emotional Dai-Yu. His grandmother tricks him into marrying the socially adept Bao-Ch'ai, however, and Dai-Yu dies of a broken heart. Bao-Yu then leaves behind his luxurious and privileged life to become a Buddhist monk.
- Narrator - Siân Phillips
- Bao-Yu - Paul Courtenay Hyu
- Dai-Yu - Wendy Kweh
- Grandmother Jia - Pik-Sen Lim
- Jia Zheng - David Yip
- Bao-Ch'ai - Liz Sutherland
- Aroma - Sarah Lam
- The Monk - Jason Chan
- Nightingale - Jennifer Lim
- The Fairy of Disenchantment - Choy-Ling Man