A taipan, a triad leader, and a beautiful White Russian find their lives intertwined as Japan threatens Shanghai in 1936.
Charles and Davina Guest, Taipan and daughter, must help steer the family trading house through tumultuous times. The imminent Japanese invasion and the rise of communism threaten their beloved company, but unbeknown to them, another deadly menace lurks in the shadows.
As heir to the Sung Society, Joseph Cheung must learn the ways of the triad. Vice and violence dominate Shanghai’s criminal world, but for Joseph, a personal vendetta remains unfinished business.
Irina, a young beautiful stateless Russian woman, unwittingly falls into the clutches of the triads and fights to escape.
It is 1936, and Shanghai, the "Paris of the East," or "The Whore of Asia," plays backdrop to the drama, as these characters find their lives are circling each other in a dangerous world.