Back on the job in Ryoko Owari, just in time for open warfare to break out among the Scorpion Opium cartels.
Well, as open as anything gets with the Scorpion.
The magistrates get involved in preventing a plot to orchestrate a conflict between the Crane and the Lion clans. As if they actually needed a reason to fight.
The Magistrates are invited to attend a peaceful tournament celebrating civilized samurai ideals hosted by the Phoenix. Of course someone dies.
The Magistrates travel to Kyuden Hida to spend winter court “eating breakfast two ri north of the mouth of hell”.
The Magistrates, joined by a mysteriously resurected Togashi Yasuhiro, travel to Phoenix lands to deliver a love letter. They stumble on an outbreak of the plague that has a mystical origin.
The Magistrates explore their new home and meet some of the locals. Friends are made, alliances are started and a new doshin is hired.