The Ferryman: Legends of Nanyang tells the story of the intrepid duo, Xia Dongqing and Zhao Li, as they help wandering souls in the mortal world with their unfinished business. Xia Dongqing, an orphan on the fringes of society, has a secret that has brought him endless trouble: his eyes allow him to see and communicate with beings from other worlds.
Xia Dongqing has just graduated from university and is preparing for his postgraduate entrance examination. Looking for a part-time job, he is eventually hired at No. 444 Convenience Store. However, Xia Dongqing has no idea that the store is the nexus between two different realms. In other words, it is a “soul station”.
The manager of the convenience store, Zhao Li, is a civil officer of the underworld: the Ferryman. Zhao Li has been stationed at No. 444 for 500 years and guides souls to the underworld frequently. With Xia Dongqing’s arrival, Zhao Li no longer has to carry the burden alone.
After an accident, the soul of a woman named Olivia arrives at the store. With help from Xia Dongqing, Olivia’s soul is returned to her body. Since then, she has become a regular customer of the store and a trusted confidante to Xia Dongqing. Although an ordinary girl, she decides to join the pair in their adventures to help guide souls to their rightful places.