All that stands in the way of love is a Cold Heart.

Yamabuki waits out an unnatural blizzard in a crossroads town, knowing an assassin has been hired to kill her and take the secret message scrolls she carries. Who hired him—and why—are questions that haunt her nights.

When she chooses to welcome the advances of the handsome and ambitious Kiso Yoshinaka, a dispossessed warlord intent on overthrowing the empire, the color of her world changes. For he seems to understand her—her childhood, her experiences, her duty, and her heart. The same couldn’t be said for his sister, Tomoe, a young, audacious warrior who mocks Yamabuki as an upstart from an outlying province.

But when the local authorities find the bodies of the men she killed—and six others—she’s drawn into events far bigger than she ever imagined. And it’s Tomoe, not Yoshinaka, she finds at her side.

The adventures of Yamabuki that began with Cold Blood continue in this full-length 83,000-word novel, action-filled with pitched battles and adventure depicting the samurai life as it was in ancient Japan.