The drama tells the story of the success achieved by the residents of Xingcheng Swimwear, represented by the couple Peng Jinxi and Luo Hong, who rode the wave of reform and entrepreneurship. It traces the journey of these two ordinary individuals, from struggling to make ends meet to becoming millionaires and eventually representing local entrepreneurs. Along the way, it portrays key milestones in the tide of societal development, showcasing the history of reform and opening up through the lens of these small characters making significant strides.
In 1978, 20-year-old Peng Jinxi from Xingcheng, Liaoning, was reported for "speculation and profiteering" by his romantic rival Qin Sheng and was subsequently imprisoned, losing his chance to attend college. After his release, Peng Jinxi started his own swimwear business, and his girlfriend Luo Hong stood by his side. Despite facing numerous challenges, they overcame them together and got married. Peng Jinxi became the first local "millionaire."
In the early 1980s, as policies were relaxed, distant relatives like Jia Weimin followed Peng Jinxi's example and set up workshops to produce swimwear, initiating a price war with him. Peng Jinxi and his wife used their wits to both consolidate their local market and unite their peers. Peng Jinxi led the way, expanding "Xingcheng Swimwear" to the national level.
In the 1990s, Peng Jinxi faced a double blow from Qin Sheng's revenge and market reforms, causing his business to slump. However, he remained optimistic and, with exceptional wisdom, found a breakthrough by establishing a formal factory and an independent brand, successfully turning things around. Subsequently, Peng Jinxi and his wife led "Xingcheng Swimwear" to become the world's largest swimwear production base, with one out of every four swimsuits in the world being produced by the people of Xingcheng.