Pil Yong has been forever a lowly public official of 7th grade in Jeonju, South Korea.
3 years ago his wife Hyo Kyung collapsed of a cerebral infarction largely due to him. Pil Yong took his son to a relative and now takes care of his wife who has difficulty in moving. Pil Yong wants to be promoted to a deputy director in the higher 5th grade before he retires.
Pil Yong finds out that his new boss is interested in hanji (traditional Korea paper). Because of this, Pil Yong transfers to the hanji department.
Meanwhile, documentary filmmaker Ji Won shoots a documentary about hanji. To make her documentary, Ji Won travels throughout the country. By chance, Ji Won meets Pil Yong and they do not get along with each other. She learns that Pil Yong plans to restore a copy of the annals of the Joseon Dynasty using hanji of a traditional kind. Ji Won joins Pil Yong.
Pil Yong becomes obsessed with his project. A strange mood starts to brew between Pil Yong and Ji Won. Hyo Kyung notices the change in her husband. Also, the project is on the verge of collapsing.