Wild Goose Pass

Wild Goose Pass

Wild Goose Pass 雁門關

1119, Northern China.

On the border of the world’s largest empire, two pairs of travelers are making their way through the desolate landscape of the Taihang Mountains: an heirless widower and his fugitive bride, and the junior official and young courtesan who are on their trail.

But little do they realize that there is another shadow hidden among their own. One who will not rest until she obtains her vengeance—whatever the cost.

Based on one of the seminal tales in The Water Margin, Wild Goose Pass take readers deep into a time when ghosts and goddesses whispered into the ears of those who would listen, and the stories of scheming officials, headstrong courtesans, and real-life outlaws captured the imaginations of millions across the Middle Kingdom.

Travelers in the Taihang Mountains
Colors of the Taihang Mountains (太行山色圖), by Wang Hui

A Marriage . . . in Exchange for Murder

When a provincial butcher is murdered in the marketplace, his former concubine Jade Lotus knows only one thing: she would rather flee for her life then be taken in for questioning. Banished from the butcher’s household for placing a curse, she is certain to be named as a suspect. But when fate intervenes in the guise of an heirless widower, Jade Lotus thinks she has found the perfect hiding place—until she discovers there are unexpected strings attached to the marriage.

Young inspector Hong Bo knows this case is a chance to prove himself to his superiors and make a name for his family. But after he finally tracks down his suspect to the border town of Wild Goose Pass, he makes a simple mistake that allows Jade Lotus and her husband to escape. Desperate to save his reputation, Hong Bo strikes an ill-advised deal to locate the missing couple, only to find that he is now returning to the prefecture in the company of the wrong person: the enigmatic courtesan Apricot. It soon becomes clear that while Apricot is the thread that could lead Hong Bo to Jade Lotus, she will do whatever it takes to keep them apart.

But what neither of them knows is this: on the night of her wedding, Jade Lotus made a promise. A promise that can lead to only one outcome—an outcome that threatens to ruin them all.