The year is 1690, and the place is Nagasaki - a city where superstition, politics, and greed reign supreme. It is here that the mutilated body of Jan Spaen, a prominent Dutch trader and one of the few Westerners in Japan, washes ashore. With few leads and too many enemies, Sa Ichiro finds himself in the midst of a dangerous search for an elusive killer. With every clue, the investigation pulls him further into a tangled web of deception and samurai lore. Nothing is as it seems, and one can be trusted. Racing against the clock, Sa must find the murderer, for at stake is t only his ble warrior status, but his very life.