Once upon a time on the banks of the river Yangtze, a beautiful young girl is said to have lived with her stepfather. He was an evil, greedy man and one day he took her on a boat, intending to sell her on the market. Out on the river, he became infatuated with her beauty and tried to take advantage of her. But she freed herself by plunging into the river, whereupon a big storm came and sank the boat. After the storm had settled, people saw a beautiful dolphin swimming — the incarnation of the girl — which became known the ‘Goddess of the Yangtze’.