The influence of plants on human society is beyond our imagination. Our food, writing and social structure are dominated by plants. Our economy, trade and exploration of the world are supported by plants. Even our cooking skills, skin color and appearance are determined by plants. This book tells a grand story about the evolution of civilization. From wheat and rice, which promoted human settlement, to Zanthoxylum bungeanum and potato, which changed the world, to soybean, which affected the nerves of world trade, the power of plants is obvious. Humans domesticate plants, but plants shape humans.