New alliances form. Old ones fall apart. Divisions between the Lion and Phoenix explode into violence, as harsh words become harsher action. With enemies all about, the Lion must find allies wherever they can. Akodo Kaneka fortifies his position in the Yasuki lands by revealing his alliance with powerful Mantis and Unicorn clans. Together, they rule the roads and seas of Rokugan. Neither Crab nor Crane can oust the Wind from these lands they contested so harshly.
The Dragon raise a wall of earth to defend themselves from the mighty Phoenix Clan, while their allies in the Scorpionn must struggle to maintain their hold in the City of Lies. And in the lands of the Crab, Hida Kuon receives a disturbing offer of parley from the new Lord of the Shadowlands. He rides forth to discover what this Daigotsum demands of him... when he hears the Dark Lord's offer, what will his answer be?