Young Jang Geum is caught up in palace strife, loses her parents, and enters the palace as a court lady of the royal kitchen. Jang Geum, possessing the finest palate, becomes a court lady of the royal kitchen recognized for her abilities in the palace. With her food, she pleases the royal family who has abstained from food and drink or is ill and saves the royal family fallen into crisis. She leaves the palace caught up in incidents that slander her, but Jang Geum overcomes adversity and begins life in the palace again as a nurse. With her special qualities of a challenging spirit and tenacity, Jang Geum masters remarkable medical treatments and begins to earn the king's trust.