Chapter One: Ancient As The Hills (1)
In which the five worthies managing the project to build the Great Khan Kubilai's summer palace are introduced. They eat human flesh with the local tribesmen and an artisan vital to the project is murdered.
Chapter Two: Ancient As The Hills (2)
In which the five worthies meet Lady Spider in her parlor and learn a little of what the future holds in store for them. They build a trap to capture her but will it be successful. What man can capture his own destiny?
Chapter Three: Sunny Spots of Greenery
In which the five worthies meet Song-Mei the spirit of the forest who demands tribute from or war with humanity. In defeating Song-Mei, they determine which odour is present in the Glade of Permeating Fragrance.
Chapter Four: With Walls and Towers Girdled Round
In which the five worthies venture into the spirit world to rescue a valuable artefact, much beloved by the Great Khan Kubilai. When they secure the heirloom, the Emperor's Apartments are complete.
Chapter Five: Ancestral Voices Prophecying War
In which the five worthies act in a bold manner to solve the problems facing them in completing the great Khan's pleasure dome. But have they improved their situation or made it infinitely worse?