When the powerful Lord Takeda's soldiers sweep across the country side, killing and plundering, they spare the boy Taro's life and take him along with them. Taro becomes a servant in the household of the noble Lord Akiyama, where he meets Togan, a cook, who teaches Taro and makes his new life bearable. But when Togan is murdered, Taro's life takes a new direction. He will become a samurai, and redeem the family legacy that has been stolen from him. Recommended for ages 10 to 14, grades 5 to 9.
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