(From the publisher):
Lady Asano is adrift in a dangerous world, she vows to avenge her fatherís death and restore his name to honor. To do so, she will have to travel the Tokaido Road.
As the novel opens, Lady Asano has transformed herself into Cat, a high-ranking courtesan, to support her widowed mother. Yet Catís career is temporary; the powerful Lord Kiraís campaign against her family is continuing and she must find Oishi, leader of the samurai of the Asano clan, weapons master, philosopher, and Catís teacher. Cat believes he is three hundred miles to the southwest in the imperial city of Kyoto.
Disguising her loveliness in the humble garments of a traveling priest, Cat begins her quest. All she has is her samurai trainingóin Haiku and Tanka poetry, in the use of the deadly six-foot weapon, the naginata, and in Japanese Zen thought. And she will need them all, for a ronin, a lordless samuraióTosa no Hanshiro, has been hired to trail her.
Original title: The Tokaido Road
Genre: Fiction→ Historical