The inspirational true story of famous ballet dancer Li Cunxin, adapted from his best-selling autobiography. The story of how, amidst the chaos of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, he was chosen to leave his peasant family and sent on an amazing journey towards freedom and personal triumph. Li’s story unfolds as China was emerging from Mao’s deluded grand vision. It couldn’t have been a better time for him to discover the West and for the West to discover him. Li overcomes adversity, discovering and exploring his natural abilities and talent as a great dancer. This not only meant dealing with his own physical limitations but also with the punishment given by a highly suspicious and paranoid Chinese government after Li’s defection to the USA. In America, Li found a completely different and captivating new world but there were other difficulties he could never have imagined. And every night he danced for the family that he was forced to leave as a child.