When the Elite Corps of Samurai known as the Shinsengumi were driven from their base in Kyoto, they were branded Imperial Rebels. Of their 300 members, few survived. Of its three famous surviving Captains, no one knows for certain what became of 10th Unit Captain Harada Sanosuke.
Set amidst the backdrop of the Bakumatsu Period of Japan (The Last Days of the Tokugawa Shogunate), Hatamoto takes us into the world of the foreign-born men who became direct Vassals of the 15th and final Shogun during the opening salvos of the Boshin War. For former American Southerner John Paul Ledoux, he will be given the name Gingiro Asakage and the mantle of the two swords of the Samurai and if necessary, he will die for it.