This story took place in a nomad tribe in Kazakh where Li
Wunsiou, a Chinese orphan girl was raised by Old man Ji, who was also a Chinese. The girl
secretly that she had a map of the legendary treasure of the Gaochang Kingdom. Her parents
were murdered because of this map.
Many people were looking for
her, and Waerlaici was one of them. Waerlaici had felt in love with Yalisian when he was
young. But once he knew Yalisian would marry Cherku the one she loved, he left Kazakh for
China and learned martial arts. A few years later he came back with his Chinese disciple
Ma Jiajyun. He planned not only to murder Cherku but a whole tribe, so he commanded Ma to
put poison in the reservoir. Ma did not do so but secretly stabbed three poisoned pins in
Waerlaici's back. After that, instead of being killed, Waerlaici suffered backache until
the pins were pulled out by Li Wunsiou.
When the treasure hunters following Li Wunsiou came to the
ruined palace of Gaochang, they found that apart from books, clothes and music instruments
there was neither gold nor gems. Then they realized that the ancient T'ang dynasty already
took over the treasure form the Gaochang kingdom and gave them books and clothes in
return. The Gaochang people disliked the Chinese things so they abandoned them in the
ruined palace. When the disappointed hunter decided to kill Li, Old man Ji came out to
stop them. Waerlaici recognized that Old man Ji was his ex-disciple Ma Jiajyun so they had
a fatal fight and they both died in the palace.
Li Wunsiou had a boyfriend Supu, but Supu's father did not
agree with them. He hated Chinese people because the Chinese treasure hunters killed
Supu's mother and his elder son. So Li Wunsiou gave up Supu and rode on her white horse to
go back to China.
It was a short story compared to Jin Yong's other works.
The two main characters Li Wunsiou and Old man Ji developed two story lines and the two
plot lines were nicely developed and interwoven. In addition the suspenseful treasure
hunting theme and the love affair taking place in the Kazakh Plateau made sure that it was
another impressive story.