The young boy Wang Xiang lost his mother to illness, and his father remarried, but his new wife mistreated the child. Despite her treatment, Wang Xiang cared for his stepmother. One day she demanded fresh fish, and he was eager to obey, but all the creeks were frozen. Crying, he laid down on the ice, which began to melt under the warmth of his tears. Two carp leapt out. Wang Xiang scooped them up for his stepmother, who grew ashamed of her selfishness and turned kind and caring toward Wang Xiang.