The story is about two people who does not have fate for each other but they defy destiny. Like one time Dong Hua said "So what if Destiny says we're fated, and so what if it says we're not? I've never feared Destiny and I certainly don't need its charity".
Started when a rescue our hero Dong Hua did for our female lead Feng Jiu. The favor ripples.
She came to pay her gratitude to him. She later became a fox after having helped him and later he took her in and treat her like a pet (you know, cuz she was in the form of the fox).
Fast forward, she left him with broken heart (I think it is for the better). Many years later, they meet again even destiny was written for them to never crossed path.
Dong Hua learnt that if he were to take a queen, she would be THE QUEEN. (Aww). He went to find her and come to know that she is in trouble gotten stuck in a dream created by somebody. He uses the opportunity to win her back.
They arranged the marriage (I feel this part is the most emotional part as I don't think I could comment. Too much feel. You gotta read to find out - Chapter 18 onward)
They have a son together. I want to see how the child react when he found out Dong Hua is his father.
The story started with the painful experience MC has to go through upon her father died. She was hurt so much emotionally by her father's death and her crush betrayal, she no longer felt pain. That lead her to act recklessly.
A few years later, she met with ML again as the fallen country general and the ML the new ruler. ML has spent lots of effort searching for her and finally putting her under his wing of protection. MC is not easily swayed by good treatment. She could no longer feel pain or trust anyone - her trust then has to be earned.
From many ups and downs, ML was badly injured and it was the time MC is sure about her love for him. She complained that he has worked so hard for her to accept him and now he wanted to leave her alone. After the incident, they are mutually in love. And the ENDIng is soooo satisfying.
Overall, her decision happens for a reason. There is no annoying second and third wheel cliche. The main focus is how a person climbs up from the pit of her emotional struggle then learn to trust and love again.