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Chong, inventor of the first clock that would eliminate the use of the village's sacred bell, is sentenced to life imprisonment by the emperor. The philosopher-inventor is concealed by Quong Foo and his little daughter, Moy Tai, who gives him a lotus flower. Time passes, and Moy Tai is soon a beautiful girl loved by Quong Sung, whom her father adopted as a boy. He is sent away to complete his studies and falls under the spell of a light woman, Tzse Sin. When the sacred bell cracks, Foo is commisssioned by the emperor to cast a new one, but the metals refuse to mingle and he is threatened with death. In a Tartar attack, Quong Sung is killed; Moy Tai learns from Chong that the metals will fuse only with the addition of a human sacrifice. She sacrifices herself for her father's honor, and the new bell is cast.