Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Near a pass in the mountains in northern China, a woman (Ailiya) lives in an abandoned Christian church. The only people she sees are porters, men who serve as packhorses for supplies from one side of the mountains to the other. Sometimes she feeds them, or tends their wounds. Sometimes she has sex with them. When one of the rough-mannered porters (Zhao Xiaorui) is injured and stays behind with her, it poses complications, because though she has slept with him on occasion, she'd really like to get her hands on another porter, whose manner is much gentler and who is a really good looking man (Xie Yuan). Before they can resolve the tension between them, the Japanese occupy the pass, complicating matters considerably.