by Tam MacNeil
Jao is the new Kazematsuri, the head of the Good Men assassins. With the Empress Iyuko visiting Okatsu, Masahiro wants to bring his pottery to her notice, but how? Throw a party, of course! But when Jao and Masahiro are poisoned at their own party, Jao is blackmailed into helping a would-be assassin bent on killing a member of the Empress's retinue and pinning the blame on the Daimyo.