In this second book of the series, lost and alone, Kiyoshi finds himself adrift in the highly charged political atmosphere of Japan. Ronin and bandits roam, terrorizing the local towns and villages, seemingly at will. Tales of his heroism and abilities begin to spread far and wide. He becomes known as Kogane no tsubasa to yurei (the ghost with the golden blades). Vengeance sits like an undigested meal deep within his belly, driving him onwards. His senses tell him that there is an as yet to be discovered undercurrent which will lead him to his true family, to his true destiny, but first he has to truly become Master of the Blade.