It is seven days before summer vacation and the finals are approaching. Li-Hong, a substitute teacher, is waiting for his long-overdue contract renewal, which is needed by him desperately to pay for his grandmother’s medical bills and the key to a brighter future. Meanwhile, a declining birthrate in the
village has led to closure of schools and threatens Li-Hong’s work. As he waits anxiously, he is confronted by a series of events that tests his resolve and character.
His estranged brother, Li-Dong, is facing a felony assault charge.His rival for the contract, Ai-Qing, has dropped hints that she would like to take their relationship to a deeper level. His favorite student, Xiao-Sheng, accused of attacking other students, is hoping that Li-Hong would come to his defense.
And to make an impression on the principal, Li-Hong takes on more tasks and responsibilities in school.
Faced with his brother’s troubles, Ai-Qing’s expectations and Xiao-Sheng’s hopes, what will Li-Hong sacrifice to win that contract – family, love, trust,or his dignity? Save his brother or save his own skin? Tell Ai-Qing how he feels or turn her down? Stand upfor Xiao-Sheng or dash his hopes? Seven days, what will Li-Hong do? It is the students’ final exams, but it is also Li-Hong’s biggest test in life.