Long Sword recounts the plight of oppressed Easterners at the hands of a foreign occupation in Sack City, where law enforcement is discriminatory and people are left to fend for themselves or become bandits for food rations. It's perhaps the most realistic take on asymmetric political power, undoubtedly inspired by China's colonial past and projected into a post-apocalyptic future. It's a world where rape, harassment, and being gunned down by the police for no reason is expected.
The story follows He Jiang, a woman who follows in the footsteps of her father, a trucker, who is shot at a traffic stop 7 years ago, their load robbed, and her thrown in prison. It is said that somehow she manages to fend off every single rape attempt. Back in society, she gets no respite, as there's no place for a woman besides being a prostitute. So she tries to carve a space out for herself and her race.