A disgraced outcast samurai living in early seventeenth-century Manila, Kitazume is contemplating ritual suicide when a divine force (of a sort) intervenes: Luis, a rogue Jesuit priest and Kitazumes longtime friend. At Luiss insistence, the samurai agrees to help smuggle a Manchu princess to Mexico. But little does he know that hes really been dragged into an epic struggle for power.<br />Several forces have their malicious sights set on the New Worlds rich silver mines: an insurgent Spanish duke, Chinese political interests, and the escaped African slaves known as the cimarrónes. And working in secret among them is a mysterious, long-lost order that has its own plans for the precious metal.<br />As politics and greed collide, Kitazume must call upon his deadly skills once more. But hes not just fighting to save his friends--hes fighting for the redemption he so desperately craves.<br />Foreworld founders Neal Stephenson and Mark Teppo--joined by authors Charles C. Mann and Ellis Amdur, and illustrator Robert Sammelin--forge a comic series with adventure, betrayal, and a samurais relentless blade.