Struggle in the Dark
Some say the grass is greener on the other side, but on the other side of the Sanzu—the river between life and death—chances are the grass will be white, the color of funeral robes. And much of that grass has been cut down by the hand of ronin samurai Itto Ogami. The Yagyu "grass," spies planted for years among the local citizenry, have been on the move, gathering in Edo for a final battle. Ogami has walked a path of demons with his son, Daigoro, at his side, on a quest of vengeance that has shaken the very foundations of the samurai caste and the shogunate. No one has been able to stop him, not even the crafty poisoner Abeno Kaii, who may be seeing his final day unless he can win a battle of wits!
This volume contains the following stories:
• "Tales of the Grass: Nindo Ukon"
• "Struggle in the Dark"
• "Song of the Spirit"
• "Great Reversals"
• "Scarlet Summer, Silver Fall"