After the death of her father and to help her sick mother, young Cuifen (Hu Die) abandons his studies. Encouraged by the modern ideas, she takes a job as a packer in a department store.
At first she is lost and a colleague, a young man Qian Guohua (GONG Jianong), helps her. The two coworkers become friends. Lin (Wang Xianzhai), the leader of Cuifen, sells cosmetics. Zhang (Sun Min), the owner’s son, is a dandy who takes advantage of his position to court employees. He also falls in love with Cuifen. His advances Cuifen are nauseating for her, but she does not dare to do anything because she needs to support her family. She likes Qian, but, after she misses a date, he neglects her and marries another woman.
The atmosphere is particularly tense during the Christmas and New year but finally Cuifen has the courage to leave the store and open a small business. One day, Qian and his wife come into her shop with their baby ... One of the first Chinese films to the problem of working women in big cities. With two superstars: Hu Die and GONG Jianong.