As Lord Noriyuki's procession winds through Geishu lands, Tomoe frets about
her lord's safety, even after Councilor Arimura, the Minister of Protocol
attempts to ease her concerns. However, it is Tomoe who gives warning of an
ambush, and escapes with her wounded lord.
After three futile days of searching, Ryoko has sent Kitanamono to track
Usagi, and bring Grasscutter to Lord Kotetsu.
Keiko leaves Inazuma in Priest Sanshobo's care, and returns to Jei.
Usagi is confronted by some of Lord Kotetsu's samurai, and learns the true
nature of the sword he found on the shore... just before Kitanamono arrives and
takes it from him. Unwilling to leave Grasscutter in Kitanamono's hands, Usagi
Gen comes upon the dead men, and follows his friend.
Wounded in the shoulder by an arrow, Lord Noriyuki and Tomoe, afoot,
come to a peasant's house. There, Tomoe demands shelter of its owner, the
former General Ikeda - an old enemy of Lord Noriyuki.