Hitaro discovers the truth about the Crane Clan Champion. The Emerald Champion and the counter-conspirators move against the Gozoku. After the dust settles and the conspirators are brought low, Toturi Jakuchu cedes the throne to Akodo Katsumi.
Hitaro and his squad track down a group of scouts from the 3rd Legion. Meanwhile, Miyu and her colleagues must help Tsuruchi Ogai and Seppun Kiyomori sneak out of Kyuden Doji with vital information on the Gozoku.
Otomo Teruyo creates controversy on the council when she suggests establishing a Constitution for the Empire that could potentially limit the Emperor's power. Meanwhile, Daidoji Hitaro and his men must track down a group of deserters.
Cornered, Isawa Tadanobu creates massive destrcution in Morikage Toshi when his Unicorn allies turn on him. Doji Kikuro and his hatamoto receive a hero's welcome in Kyuden Doji when they return from Phoenix lands.
The Lion and the Crane delegations present their case to the Elemental Council. In the end, the Council decides to side with Toturi Jakuchu, leading the Unicorn Khan to rethink his support for Isawa Tadanobu.
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.