Thirteen year old Shino, rebellious and undisciplined, is sent to the Tendai monks to be trained as a samurai warrior. When leaving his childhood friend Miyoshi behind, he carelessly crushes her young heart. Years later, weary of senseless battles fought for selfish lords, Shino is thrust into the world of Heian Kyo, where he finds Miyoshi once again. Now blossomed into the beautiful and charming Lady Lotus, she is courtier to the emperor’s court and soon to be betrothed to another. Finally accepting that he has always loved her, he risks everything to keep her from the fate to which she is destined, but does not want, and the dangers that threaten her life. Does he dare hope for more?