In the feudal land of Nippon reign the Emperor of the land with many concubines and even more children, all but one acknowledged by his Majesty. The boy, Akiyama Hiroshi, also know as the Red Prince, was, unknown to all but his parents the eldest of a set of twins by the late Princess of the Sakuya Clan, Kimiko, the Fairest of all of Nippon. The younger twin was spirited away to be trained to be his brother's scapegoat and shield in this turbulent times and learned both the ways of the Shadowy assassin and of the honorable warrior, never to shine and never to have his name uttered.
He was abducted from his dying mother and had his face hidden under fold of coarse cloth he was ruthlessly trained in various martial arts and in politics to take his brother's place in dangerous situations, his spirit very nearly broken by the ordeal. As he pass through his majority, will he continue on as a servant or will he take the merest chance of light and take his brother's place... permanently?