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The high summer heat is unbearable. A violent storm brings Chungseng and Meiliang together as they both seek shelter. Chungseng, just out of the army, came straight to Taipei without going home. Whereas Meiliang has run away from her family, leaving no trace.
An unenthusiastic baker, Chungseng is not satisfied with the money he earns. So he decides to swindle his family.
Meiliang meets Yili in the disco where she works. The two girls become "Betelnut beauties". They sell betel nuts - the effect of which is similar to caffeine - to passersby in the street. They set up shop in a glass booth lit by neon lights. Their competitors use every advantage to attract clients : excessive make-up, mini-skirts, silk clothes...