Tess arrives in Hong Kong a year before the 1997 handover to China, to work as a housemaid. She is financially supporting her family in the Philippines. When her Hong Kong employer dies unexpectedly, Tess' life changes course in a way she never imagined. She tries hard to get other maid jobs, but meets with abuse at work and broken promises in her relationships. Unable to send money to her family, a desperate Tess frequents the nightlife in the Wan Chai district with her roommate Nikki. When Tess learns Nikki is making good money providing massages to western male clients, Tess faces a tough choice to support her family or give up on her dream for a better life. Set against the city of Hong Kong during a time of transition, Wan Chai Baby deftly explores survival and dignity and the gray areas of compromises that exist between.