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A historical Novel in three volumes, set in Japan during the closing years of the twelfth century when the devastating Heike wars ended the imperial age and brought in the shogunate under Minamoto Yoritomo.

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Book One: Dream of a Spring Night

Bartered for favors, fourteen-year-old Oba Toshiko, daughter of a provincial warlord, enters the womenís quarters of Emperor Go-Shirakawa where her talent and innocence excite the emperorís lust and the dangerous jealousy of Lady Sanjo. An accidental and forbidden meeting with the nobleman-physician Yamada Sadahira tempts Toshikoís heart and tests her loyalty to her family. When her enemy strikes, she makes a desperate choice to be with Sadahira.

Parker deftly navigates impeccably researched history to tell the story of a reluctant concubine and a man who has forsworn violence in a time of political chaos and rising militancy.

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Book Two: Dust Before the Wind

When filial piety and political necessity force Sadahira to join the treacherous Minamoto Yoritomo, he must leave his young wife Toshiko and their children to face her fatherís murderous rage alone. Oba Hiromoto has declared a private war against the Yamada family. Toshiko, convinced that her husband has deserted her, is drawn to the darkly charismatic Hachiro, but he, too, leaves her. Destitute and homeless with her children, Toshiko turns in vain to the emperor. In the end, the only work she finds is in the brothels on the Yodo River. Volume II takes the action to the far reaches of the country as men fight bloody battles and women and children suffer or die. In this book, the Yamada saga takes on epic proportions as it follows the characters to their destiny.

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