China at the start of the twentieth century, with an infant emperor on the throne, lost all credibility. It was only a matter of time before the Qing were overthrown by the majority Han. Empress Dowager Cixi conspired with the Lady Yenenara, her niece, to steal the treasures of the Forbidden City. Yenenara gave her slave girl an out of the ordinary wooden necklace.
A grredy Chinese businessman pay The Collectors to travel to Beijing and on to Kunming to find the necklace.