This book is a tremendous saga of outlaws that are loyal to the emperor and seek an amnesty. The book is considered a classic in Chinese literature. Written in the thirteenth century roughly, the story tells of a group of outlaws that despise corrupt officials and feel they have blinded the emperor to whom they are loyal. It would be too simple to compare this story with Robin Hood.
Set in the twelfth century Northern Song Dynasty and based on actual people and events, the first two volumes document various conditions under which individuals commit crimes and are forced to become outlaws.