Episode 1 to Episode 4
Korea is under the rule of its first Queen in the history of the country.
Kang Hu, the self-proclaimed “handsomest delivery man of Chinatown” happily rides an old battered motorbike along his Chinese delivery routes, not knowing that he will soon be the most important man in Korea.
He is preparing for the monthly “Chinese Delivery Battle”, an important event in Incheon’s Chinese food industry. The winner of the event will enjoy the exclusive delivery rights in the harbor area, which is the industry’s largest customer base, for an entire month—a reward that cannot be given up without a fight.
The owner of the Palace Chinese Restaurant, Cho Sang-gi, where Kang Hu works, is like family to him. They join forces against Bul-bam and his gang from a rival Chinese restaurant. Because of Mr. Cho’s cooking speed and dexterity, Hu receives the requisite bowls of noodles and reports to the battle starting line but Bul-bam ends up leaving Hu far behind for he has a better motorbike than him.
Meanwhile, a messenger carrying the queen’s secret mission visits the Palace restaurant. At the same time, Hu, who is out on a delivery, is ambushed by a group of unidentified men in black suits…
Kang Hu cannot believe what’s happening to him. He finds himself living in the palace by the order of Queen Hwa-in. Not everyone in the palace is happy to see him back so the extended royal family decides to hasten the appointment of Lee Jun, son of the powerful Lee Gyeom and an ideal candidate for the throne, as the Crown Prince.
During a formal banquet attended by the entire royal family and the aristocracy, the Queen formally introduces Hu for the first time as the long lost next in line to the throne. Unfortunately, Hu’s uncultured behavior offends some of the guests.
Even with the extended royal family’s objections, the Queen decided to bestow the title of “Prince Yeongseong” on Hu and formally adds his name to the royal family register. As a direct descendent of the previous king, Kang Hu must now change his name to Lee Hu.
To thwart the Queen’s unspoken intention to make Hu the Crown Prince, Lee Gyeom tries to deter her by enlisting Shin Jae-man, who is the candidate to be the next Prime Minister, and proposes that his son Jun become betrothed to Shin’s daughter Se-ryeong.
To make Hu more acceptable to everyone, the Queen orders Hu to start training to acquire the skills, the poise and the respectability required of royal prince. In the Palace he met court attendant-in-training Yang Sun-ui, who happens to be his childhood friend. She always gets in constant trouble due to Hu’s antics.
At the Royal Academy, a prestigious university for royalty and the rich aristocracy, Hu develops an instant crush on Se-ryeong and devotes his time in wooing her rather than to study.
Hu makes a huge mistake thereby giving Lee Gyeom the chance to convince the Palace Council to postpone incorporating him to the Royal Family. The Queen tried to fix it herself but was hurt in the process.
Jun, who has been groomed his whole life for the position of Crown Prince, watches on the sidelines with a confused mind. He can see that Hu is completely unsuited to be a member of the royal family but he has emerged as the next in line for the throne on the sole basis that of being a direct descendent of the royal bloodline. Unable to suppress his anger toward Hu, Jun lets his fist fly. Se-ryeong, who has been watching Jun and Hu’s fisticuffs with interest, informs her father that she wishes to postpone her engagement to Jun. She intends to wait and see who the true winner turns out to be.
Due to Sun-ui’s involvement in Hu’s accident, she is now under the danger of losing her position at the palace…
The Queen advises Hu that in order to live and be accepted as a member of the royal family, he must forget the 20 years he lived outside the palace walls. She adds that the choice is up to Hu himself. Moved by her sincere words, Hu promises to do his best to adjust to palace life. However, each day sees another of Hu’s antics splashed across the media headlines, and the public’s opinion of Hu suffers a continuous decline.
After much deliberation, the Queen makes a deal with Lee Gyeom to allow Hu’s incorporation into the royal family and manages to win the approval of the extended royal family. Meanwhile, Jun becomes witness to a series of blunders by Sun-ui and starts to look with affection on the artless attendant-in-training.
Waiting with her heart in her throat for the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, Sun-ui vows never to consort with Hu, who has landed her in this mess. On the day that the promotions for attendants-in-training are announced, Sun-ui’s name fails to be called out till the very end…