There are two parts to the series, and two sections in each of the parts:
**The Awakening: Eternity covers the travails of the first generation of Chinese Singaporeans, who came to Singapore as migrants from China The most famous characters are Ah Mei and Ah Shui
**The Awakening: Before the Dawn of the Lion City covers the Japanese occupation of Singapore.
**The Awakening: Through the Storm Together covers the years after the Japanese occupation, and the events that led to Singapore's independence.
**The Awakening: Dawn at the Equator covers the development of Singapore after its independence
It was rumoured that the original plans for the series would have it end after the Japanese occupation of Singapore, which would have preempted the second series. It was rumoured that SBC decided to film a second series because 1984 coincided with Singapore's 25th National Day independence celebrations.