In the buddhist seminary called San Pao (three jewels), the master has to chose himself a successor, but among the high dignitaries who come to the temple are thieves, anxious to steal the rare, ancient and valuable parchment kept in the temple : sutras of Mahayana written by Xuan Zang. In this masterpiece by King Hu, chinese actress Hsu Feng plays the cold and deadly thief White fox who wears a black and red cape, the same she had in "the fate of Lee Khan". After she stole the manuscript,she and her accomplice are hunted down by the monks.