The book starts with the fall of the Han dynasty, and the rise of a rebel faction called the Yellow scarves. From this we see the rise and fall of various regional lords vying to rule ancient China. Based on the time period of the same name, the book follows the exploits of Three Kingdoms: Wei, led by Cao Cao, Wu, led by the Sun family and finally the Kingdom of Shu, led by the virtuous Liu Bei.
With a cast of characters longer than the wall of China, the reader is immediatly sucked into the vortex that is the struggle for rule of China, from the rise of the Yellow scarves' rebellion And the oath in the Peach garden, to the final showdown between the Kingdom of Wu, and Kingdom of Wei, which would later become the Jin dynasty.
Much of this story is legend...but this much is true, this is a bloody great read, harder to read than some other books from China (i.e.: Outlaws of the Marsh) but its worth every second you spend reading!