Akiko Kuno's father is Japanese and her mother is . . . dead. She never knew her. The only legacy left by the dead woman is her American blood. Living in small-town Japan, Akiko's heritage is a burden. Society rejects her. She is stared down, mocked, and outright bullied. On top of it all, her father barely acknowledges her existence.
But Akiko's father, Tokoyumi Kuno, stays distant for a reason. He is a killer, the top assassin for a secret clan of Shinobi. Pushing Akiko away keeps her safe. Yet, the isolation takes a different toll. The crippling grief and hostile culture are destroying her spirit.
So, Tokoyumi gives his daughter a choice. She can stay in her normal, melancholy life, or learn her father's secret and abandon everything she knows.
She chooses the world of shadows.
Can Akiko, an insecure half-breed, survive in Japan's ancient criminal underworld? Will she become a killer herself? Will Tokoyumi reveal even darker secrets?