Kaku Kyo (known as Guo Ju in the Chinese tale) cared for his mother in addition to his wife and young son. The family was very poor and soon the pressure to feed four mouths became unbearable. His elderly mother had become ill from poor nutrition. Kaku Kyo and his wife made the heartbreaking decision to sacrifice their son in order to have more food for the elderly woman. The couple determined that they could have more children in the future, but that they could not replace his mother. As Kako Kyo dug a grave in which he would bury his son alive, his shovel hit a chest filled with gold and silver. A note read that it was a gift from heaven to reward Kaku Kyo’s filial piety. With this heavenly gift, the couple were able to buy medicine to heal the old woman, feed the family, and keep their son alive.