Disillusioned with the war, Shindara has secluded himself in the temples of Heian-kyō. However, he is forced out of hiding when a strange new threat emerges against the city.
He soon finds himself at the center of a conspiracy that will lead him to forge unlikely alliances and make even greater enemies.
Shindara is determined to avoid a disaster like the one he caused in Namida. With Mikoto and Hachi by his side, he believes he can find a way—even if the omens are telling him otherwise.
Shindara and Mikoto are cornered as they flee from a long list of enemies they’ve made: a vengeful Shogun, a jealous ex-husband, and a father committed to honor killing.
A woman named Izanami lies at the center of it all. For Shindara, she represents another chance at the love he lost. For others, she is the corruptor, the enemy, and the reason they’re all likely running to their deaths—not away from it.
But Shindara has come too far to fail now.