Daidoji Hitaro initiates a plan to capture and interrogate Isawa Haruki. Meanwhile, the rest of Doji Kikuro's hatamoto must deal with a mischievious spirit who has infiltrated their caravan to Kyuden Isawa.
Negotiations lead to a deal with the Master of Air. When the Crane learn of Lion and Scorpion envoys crossing into Phoenix lands to negotiate with the Master of Water, they decide to share the information with the Khan.
Following a day spent with the Master of Air and the Phoenix Clan Champion, Doji Kikuro and his hatamoto summon the spirit of Doji Kunio, who reveals to them that the Gozoku are once again active in Rokugan and that he was part of the conspiracy.
The Phoenix and Unicorn assault the Imperial City. Unleashing powerful magic, Isawa Tadanobu threatens to destroy the Palace and the city in his path. The Crane ambassador's hatamoto join the 1st Imperial Legion to try and stop the would-be usurper.
As the Khol nears Toshi Ranbo, the Crane Ambassador and his hatamoto try to ascertain whether they will soon be involved in a three-way war. Meanwhile, the council has its first meeting and the new Imperial Chancellor is named.
The troops loyal to Toturi Jakuchu stand triumphant against the Lion challengers. In the aftermath of the costly battle, the Crane are invited to participate in the restructuration of the crippled Imperial Bureaucracy.
The Imperial troops loyal to Toturi Jakuchu have lost the city, but the Imperial Palace still stands against the Lion. Morale is low and all seems lost unless the Dragon Armies can reach the capital quickly.