What happens when those charged with taking life begin to cherish it? The year is 1702. Peace has settled over the squalor of Edo and the swords of the once-mighty samurai have been sheathed across Japan. In an era when dogs are more esteemed than the colourful peasants that inhabit the slums Soza a young warrior better with books than blades is on a quest to avenge his murdered father and restore honer to his family name.As the blood debt looms sensitive Soza must decide: to kill or not to kill? Amidst growing love shattered honer and the simple beauty of the cherry blossom Hana celebrates the joys of even the most difficult of lives.