Narrator Hayden Lee matches his calm tone with urgent pacing as he performs this story about murder and deceit in 18th-century Japan. Samurai Lord Inaba is murdered in his sleep while under the protection of the shogun, whose honor demands that he find and punish the killer. The shogun turns to Judge Ooka, the famous samurai, for help. When Judge Ooka arrives with his adopted son and apprentice Seikei, they discover a bloodstained origami butterfly on the floor of Lord Inaba's room. As they follow this gruesome clue, the pair finds themselves dealing with mysterious ninjas, vengeful peasants, and a killer who will stop at nothing to conceal his true identity.
Samurai Lord Inaba has been murdered in his sleep, while guards stood outside his room. When Judge Ooka and his foster son Seikei arrive to investigate, they find a bloodstained origami butterfly on the floor of the room. Who could have left it, and what is the meaning? The trail leads to mysterious shape-shifting ninjas, vengeful peasants, and a killer who will stop at nothing to keep Seikei from discovering his true identity. In this Edgar-award-winning audiobook, Seikei comes into his true inheritance by winning a pair of samurai swords.