Outside a club in Guangzhou, China, young DJ Ajun watches a well-dressed Chinese youth stab an African immigrant during a drunken argument. Ajun returns home to his mother’s apartment, where police take him into custody, asking him to provide testimony about the murder.
Six months later, London university student Mei Ashley receives an e-mail from Chinese journalist and activist Qianyi Pan, who tells Mei that Ajun, her biological brother, has been sentenced to death for the murder of the African. Qianyi identifies a birthmark on Mei which she says is actually a wax burn made by her mother in hopes that they might someday be reunited. Qianyi begs Mei to come to Guangzhou and help appeal her brother’s sentence, mentioning that Mei’s mother is desperate to see her and asking Mei not to tell anyone about the case.