The Moonlight Pavilion (Classical Chinese Love Stories: Chinese/English edition) : Author: Shi Hui ISBN: 780005568x Publisher: New World press Date published: 2000-01-01 Format:Paperback Number of pages: 343 The plot of The Moonlight Pavilion is centered on the intricate love affairs of Jiang Shilong and Wang Ruilan , and Tuoman Xingfu and Jiang Ruilan. The story is set in Zhongdu(Central) City (now Beijing), the capital of the Jing dunasty. When the Mongols launched an attack on the capital of the jin Dynasty. When the Mongols launched an attack on the capital, the Jin Emperor, believing the slanders of Nie Jialie, a minister who advocated negotiation, ordered the death of Tuo man Haiya, a minister who recommended going to war. He also wanted to have all of Haiya???s family members killed. Haiya???s son , Xingfu managed to abscond with the assistance of a scholar named Jiang Shilong. The two of them became sworn brothers. With large contingents of Mongolian troops pressing on to the border, the Jin Emperor decided to move the capital to Bianliang(now Kaifeng) and ordered all citizens of the capital to move with him. Shilong and his sister lost contact with each other on their way south. Meanwhile WangZhen, the minister of war, traveled north as an envoy on the orders of the emperor , leaving behind his wife and daughter Ruilan. They also lost contact with each on their journey south with other refugees. Shilong failed to find Ruilan, but met up with Ruilan. The two of them went through thick and thin together and adored each other. With the help of the keeper of the Merchants??? Inn and his wife, who acted as go-betweens, they were maaried. When the wife of minister Wang searched for her daughter, she found Ruilian instead. She adopted her as a daughter and they traveled south together, relying on each other for survival.