San Francisco, 1878. Ah Sahm, a newly arrived Chinese immigrant with serious fighting skills, is introduced to Chinatown's most ruthless tong, the Hop Wei, by Chao, a fixer. After impressing Young Jun, son of tong leader Father Jun, Ah Sahm is branded and taken to a brothel, where he befriends Ah Toy, a courtesan with connections. Later, in search of a woman who left China two years earlier, Ah Sahm crosses paths with Mai Ling and Li Yong, followers of the rival tong leader Long Zii, who is trying to avoid an opium war with the Hop Wei, a war that Walter Buckley, ...
There's No China in the Bible
Intercepting a shipment of opium at the docks, Young Jun, with Ah Sahm and his Hop Wei lieutenant Bolo in tow, decides to send a message to Long Zii. Big Bill and Lee investigate a grisly murder scene in an alley next to an Irish bar, The Banshee. Penny Blake, the young wife of San Francisco's mayor, finds herself in a bind while visiting the wharf with her Chinese manservant, Jacob. Ah Sahm pays a steep price for playing the hero. The Long Zii clean up a mess, and brace for more bloodshed.
Accused of assault, Ah Sahm gets a cold shoulder from the Hop Wei, with his fate in the hands of an unexpected ally; Buckley urges Mai Ling to eschew restraint and start a war with the Hop Wei.
The White Mountain
Big Bill discovers a possible solution to his gambling excesses; Penny reveals the circumstances that prompted her to marry Mayor Blake; Mai Ling offers Ah Sahm a way out of a protracted and bloody tong war.
The Blood and the Sh*t
Ah Sahm and Young Jun are forced to spend the night with three strangers at a frontier saloon, until the detour turns perilous when a notorious outlaw looking for a lucrative payday.
Chewed Up, Spit Out, and Stepped On
Tensions escalate between the Hop Wei and Long Zii after an assassination attempt; Big Bill sets out to pay his debt to Jack; Blake and Buckley get a mandate from Robert Crestwood.
The Tiger and the Fox
Father Jun sends Bolo to hunt down Long Zii and Mai Ling; Penny is faced with an unsavory choice; Lee's past catches up with him.
They Don't Pay Us Enough to Think
After a bloodbath, the Hop Wei and Long Zii consider a novel way to end hostilities; Ah Toy and her business partner hit a fork in the road; Mai Ling warns her brother against waging a battle he may not win.