Namu is a Mosuo, from a matriarchal ethnic minority in the Himalayas near Tibet.
As a child she tended yaks on the mountain pastures, but later she competed to become a famous pop star, described as the Chinese Brigitte Bardot.
After her skirt ceremony, Namu a Chinese ethnic minority girl has her own Flower Room, where she may receive lovers.
Namu takes five days on horseback and four days by train from Lake Lugu to Beijing, where she wins the all-China singing competition.
At 16 Namu quarrels with her mother and travels 3000 miles to audition for the Shanghai Music Conservatory.
After five years at the Shanghai Music Conservatory and a romantic exchange of letters, Namu returns to her home in the Chinese Himalayas.