A prose translation of Vietnam's national epic. Kieu, as the work is generally known, is the tale of filial obligation, love, betrayal, war and redemption. A young girl, gifted in the arts of music and poetry, falls in love with a poor scholar. But to pay her father's debts she agrees to marry for money. Wrong husband chosen, she becomes at times a slave, a nun, a concubine of a rebel commander, before finally returning to the family and man she loves.