Hiro Tanaka prepared for a life as a samurai warrior. But his world changed when Japan's feudal system was abolished. Disillusioned with fighting and violence, he travels alone. Many samurai wander through the country and some have forsaken their honorable way to prey on the less fortunate. Hanako experienced first-hand the devastation caused by these disreputable wanderers. They raided her farm and killed her husband. Hiro offers to help her on the farm in exchange for a place to stay.
On the surface, Sylvia Miller has a perfect life. She’s married to her college sweetheart, has three great kids, a rewarding career, and wonderful friends. But beneath the appearances, Sylvia is restless. She loves her husband, but wants to see more of the world than their peaceful Michigan town. For years, she’s dreamed of the interesting places she wants to visit. Now, their youngest child is grown, and Sylvia is ready for adventure.