If the hidden Ainu gold can ever be found, will it be worth the price paid for it in lives lost and ruined? Who really murdered the Ainu for their treasure? With Kiroranke dead, Ogata may have some answers, but after the confrontation on the ice of the Mamiya Strait he needs medical attention. The lure of the gold still calls to Hijikata and his men, and Tsurumi and the rogue soldiers of the 7th Division are far from giving up—if they can’t get their hands on Sugimoto and Asirpa, they’ll tear each other apart instead!
A gold rush, a young indigenous girl, an ex-soldier: no, it's not the Old West, but rather Hokkaido, Japan, in the early 1900s. Saichi Sugimoto, known for his invincible status on the battlefield, is now one of the myriad penniless, misbegotten Russo-Japan war vets. One day in the backwoods of Hokkaido he finds an old miner who tells him a campfire tale about gold stolen from the Ainu, the indigenous peoples of Hokkaido. Once the tale is proven true, it sets Saichi on a quest to find the gold with the help of a local Ainu girl, Asirpa. This story has everything its genre requires: competing forces, rascally escaped convicts, attacking bears, and a hero forced to realize that he's a better man than he thought. It also integrates respectful, in-depth research into the Ainu; this volume alone has a textbook's worth of informative about them and the island's history. The book is gory and definitely for adults. The pristine artwork, background detail, and catchy characters leave readers wanting more.