First there was the land and the land was good. Wang Lung is a poor farmer in China before the revolution, whose love of his land rules his life. Wang sweats through sunshine, rain and harvest time, reaping the crops from his good and fertile land. Then Wang Lung chooses O-Lan, a slave woman from the majestic house of Hwang, to be his wife. She is no beauty, with her big feet and big hands, but she works and bears sons, and brings prosperity to Wang Lung's house. But as Wang Lung’s wealth grows, so do his troubles. In the end, the land remains, planted with seeds of deceit and greed.