Two months after the incident in Osaka, the Inukai clan waits out the last days of winter. With enemies perched quite literally on their doorstep, Lord Inukai’s retainers busy themselves with festival preparations; despite the celebrations, they can’t help but look forward to the coming battles that will arrive in Spring. When the samurai receive a coded message, they must work together to confront an evil spawned from the consequences of their actions.
The year is Tenshō 10, in the Twelfth month. Six months ago the betrayer Akechi Mitsuhide attacked his master Oda Nobunaga at Honnō-ji, burning it to the ground along with the demon warlord. Snowfall covers the mainland, and a time that should be spent in contemplative seclusion is now spent in clandestine war meetings. Stillness and oppressive silence envelope the countryside, but whispers of secret treachery fill the halls of every daimyō. In Settsu province, Lord Inukai and his loyal retainers meet to discuss the coming war for the title of Shogun.
The Gate 9 crew is trying to help Jeff claim his family’s fortune and in order to do that, they need the help of one woman in particular. She needs an item from a hidden base in return. Standing between them and that base is a deranged vigilante named Exemplar. Also, the team meets a nice friendly dog named Jefferson.
The Gate 9 team needs to check out a recently discovered base. It has a vast menagerie of genetically engineered fighting animals conditioned to obey the orders of the adolescents that capture them and use them for pit fighting. It’s been sealed off since Ragnarok, so no one knows how bad it’s gotten since then.
Trey and Saul each have a goal that takes them to the New York Underground and the rest of the crew tags along. Trey wants an Ideal Teleporter to upgrade the Brass Door. Saul wants to consult with Charon, the mythical ferry keeper and possibly the most powerful supernatural being on the planet. Between shrink rays and wandering ghouls, both team members have their work cut out for them!