Outside, the storm clouds of war are gathering. But there are tensions within it and the powerful samurais are taking sides. The most dangerous faction wants all foreigners killed and, all too soon, Jack learns that atrocities against Christians are escalating. It is time for Jack to leave Japan but first he needs to recover the rutter and then he needs to make his way to a port and find a ship to take him home. With war imminent, neither will be easy. As we have come to expect, Chris Bradford gives his readers a roller-coaster of a ride. The pace is terrific and our hearts are in our mouths for Jack and his young friends.
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