One day young countryside girl Han Bing decides that she had enough. She packs her bag and takes the train to Shanghai to pursue her dream of becoming a pop star. She moves in with her uncle who is not at all happy with his niece getting into the competitive music industry. But Han Bing can't resist the temptations of fame and success. She starts working her way up to the top, not realizing she's becoming someone she is not. Finally she sees that she's failed the ones who really care for her, but is there a way back.
In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated.
Aliens land in South Africa and have no way home. Years later after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the "Non-Humans" are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United (MNU).
When reporter Jean Craddock interviews Bad Blake -- an alcoholic, seen-better-days country music legend -- they connect, and the hard-living crooner sees a possible saving grace in a life with Jean and her young son.