Lim (Ruan Lingyu) is Miss Lim, daughter of Loo Chi, a tenant farmer who works a plot of land somewhere in the country. She falls in love with King Teh-en, son of the upper-class woman who owns the land that Loo Chi works. Teh-en asks Lim to marry him, and she accepts, but his snobby mother refuses to approve the match. Teh-en, for his part, can't bear to let Lim go. Tragedy ensues.
- Arranged Marriage: Mrs. King has set up Teh-en to be married to an upper-class girl, and she is pretty pissed when she finds out Teh-en has taken up with a farmer's daughter.
- Bittersweet Ending: Miss Lim assumes room temperature. But Teh-en finally gets his mother to crack and acknowledge Lim's father and Lim's daughter as her family. The film ends with the family visiting Lim's grave.
- Blatant Lies: Confronted by Lim, Teh-en straight-up lies, telling her that his mother has approved of their marriage. This leads to an ugly confrontation between Loo Chi, Mrs. King, Teh-en, and a pregnant Lim.
- Character Tic: Teh-en's mother Mrs. King has a persistent "no" head shake after the 15-year Time Skip. It's suggestive of Parkinson's, but in any case, it fits her character.
- Defiled Forever: "Your son has ruined the happiness of my daughter forever!", says Loo Chi after he finds out what's happened.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Snobby, mean Mrs. King is often seen smoking cigarettes out of an elaborate cigarette-holder.
- Gratuitous English: Oddly, the title cards—the original title cards, that is—are presented both in Chinese and English, even though Chinese films of the day were not distributed in America or the British Empire.
- Have a Gay Old Time: Some gossipy hens disapprove of Teh-en "making love" to a lower-class woman after they see the two walking in a park.
- I Have No Son!: "Consider that you have never had me as your son," says Teh-en after news that Lim is dying causes him to reject his mother.
- A Minor Kidroduction: Lim is introduced as a newborn. The next sequence shows her at the age of five, meeting Teh-en for the first time. Then the film jumps forward to her as a grown woman.
- No Name Given: For either Lim's mother or Teh-en's mother.
- Parental Marriage Veto: Mrs. King decisively exercises hers, going so far as to lock the house and order the servants to make sure Teh-en can't escape and get to Lim.
- Single Mom Stripper: Averted. Lim's landlord tries to get her to do this, and a local man with a bad reputation is very interested in Lim as a kept woman, but Lim resolves to starve to death instead.
- Symbolism: "This peach tree is going to be a symbol of your life. It will have beautiful blossoms if you grow up to be good. But if not, then—"
- Tearjerker: A noble Lim dying right after her lover finds her again, as their baby cries right next to her. And look at the title!.
- Time Skip: Five years from newborn Lim to child Lim, and the scene where she meets young Teh-en. Then a skip of about 15 years to find Lim as a grown woman.
- Uptown Girl: Lim the poor peasant girl and Teh-en the son of an upper-class woman.