Kikuchiyo has been foolishly captured by the Bandits, and the samurai must leave the caverns to rescue him. But when daylight approaches, the towering machines plan to ambush them. Clearly a traitor is in their midst. Kambei knows legions of Nobuseri will be searching for them soon, and decides the group must get to Kanna, though the team of seven is not yet complete. To survive the trek, new bonds of trust must be forged. And as their journey begins, the samurai must confront even dangerous deception: betrayal from the farmers who hired them.
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