What fate awaits a thousand-year-old white snake that travels from its sacred mountain to the human world, only to fall in love with a mortal? Such is the unusual beginning of this tragic llove story, one of the most popular in all of Chinese opera. Lady White’s marriage and selfless devotion to her beloved husband Xu Xian is considered by Fahai—the abbot of a nearby temple—as heresy and an abomination. Fahai attempts to separate the couple, and in a spectacular battle, Lady White Snake musters all her powers to remain with her husband. Although our heroine prevails in the end, time is sadly not on her side.