孤苦伶仃的黃真伊 (河智苑飾) 在寺廟成長，一日，她離開寺廟，她被松都教坊的任百舞 (金英愛飾) 與藝伎跳舞吸引，其一生亦被改變 。為了學會她認為最美麗的舞蹈，她踏進坊的門檻並日夜苦練，立志成最高位的藝伎。直至金恩浩 (張根碩飾) 的出現，一段藝伎與士大夫的苦戀；恩浩的承諾令真伊放棄自己的夢想。不過，恩浩屈服在父母的手段下未能守住誓言，最後更死在自責與內疚中。真伊受傷害而封閉內心，與酒為伴並周旋在多個男人之間……
Born to a blind gisaeng, Hwang Jin Yi was sent to a remote mountain temple at a young age, as her mother hoped that her daughter would be able to escape the life she led. Fate, however, works in strange ways. One day, seven-year-old Jin Yi comes across a gisaeng performance. Captured by their beautiful singing and dancing, young Jin Yi runs away the next day and enters a gisaeng training school. From that day on, she walks a lonely path, eventually becoming the Joseon era’s top gisaeng. Hwang Jin Yi is forever linked with the names of those who loved her. Her tragic first love with a nobleman’s son (Jang Geun Suk) set the tone for much of her later relationships, including her troubled marriage with poet Kim Jung Han (Kim Jae Won, in his first costume role); brazen royal Byuk Kye Soo (newcomer Yoo Tae Jun) and loyal bodyguard Le Seng (Lee Shi Hwan) would also play great roles in Hwang Jin Yi’s life. Her name belonged to the times, but her heart would spend a lifetime searching for its home.