|The Chun-dang family is known for the virtue of their ladies. The matriarch of the household puts all her energy into maintaining its honor. Meanwhile, the lady Yeon-ji is unable to bear children. The matriarch oppresses Yeon-ji's fundamental rights and instincts with her self-righteousness and stubbornness. In order to carry on the family lineage, the matriarch brings a surrogate woman into the house. Finally, the matriarch, who values the honor and dignity of her noble household above life itself, demands Yeon-ji to kill herself. Unable to escape her fate, Yeon-ji hangs herself on the tree where defiled women are hanged.