The son of his father’s concubine, Shu Jusho (or Zhu Shouchang in the Chinese tale) lost his mother to the jealousy of his father’s main wife. When Shu Jusho was seven, his mother was expelled from the household. As he grew into adulthood, he assumed a powerful government position, but felt something was deeply lacking from his life. He began to long for his mother, whom he had not seen for more than 50 years. He set out to find her, braving the elements as he traveled all over the country, following clues about her whereabouts. By the time he found her, she was in her seventies. Shu Jusho brought her home to care for her for the rest of her life.