On a cold winter night Emmeline finds herself visiting the creaking swing of her childhood playground. She has a few things she can't get off her mind. Not to mention a searing, paralyzing, throbbing sensation where she knows her heart used to be.
A slave girl caught up in the schemes of her master, finds herself choosing freedom at the risk of imminent death. To her master, to the rest of feudal Japan her life was nothing. But to him? To him she meant the world.