Balsa, a woman warrior, returns to the kingdom of her birth, from where, as a child, she was forced to flee after her father was killed by the king. Her mission is to clear the name of Jiguro, a friend of her father, who fell into disgrace as a result of helping her.
2000 JAPANESE ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS FOR CHILDREN PRIZE 2001 ROBO-NO-ISHI AWARD
22 x 16 cm, 284-359 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
First published January 1999
Rights sold: Spain, China, Korea, Taiwan, US, Italy, Indonesia & Vietnam