The Rise of Phoenixes is set in an alternate world, where ancient China is ruled by the Tiansheng dynasty. Ning Yi, the sixth prince, hides his calculating personality behind a facade of playfulness. Meanwhile, he meets Feng Zhiwei, a court official who is in fact a woman. Feng Zhiwei was the illegitimate daughter of a noble clan, who got banished from her family after being wrongfully accused of a crime. She soon discovers that she is the only surviving royalty of a fallen dynasty, and seeks vengeance, even if she has to betray her loved ones.