Chapter 1

Aoba Castle, Sendai, Mutsu Province, Japan
January, 1635

Riding a horse, thought Terasaka Haru, had one thing in common with walking the deck of a ship at sea: it took time to get accustomed to the motion, but once you did, you no longer thought about it.

Haru had first been placed on the back of a horse when he was a small boy. He did not go to sea until he was an adult, a samurai in the service of Date Masamune. And then it was as a samurai marine, serving on Masamune’s exploration vessel, the Ieyasu Maru.

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