In the past, Noriko has relied on the help of a small cadre of sympathizers to protect her from the constant danger swirling around her. But now she finds herself in a most unusual position. Suddenly, she must rescue a member of her inner circle.To do this, she enlists the help of the Spirit of the Trees. Together, the young girl and the woodland spectre form an opportune alliance. But alliances made in haste often prove disastrous...especially when secret agendas are finally revealed!