In 17th century Japan, young Shiro Nakagawa is different from other boys his age. He’s quiet and introverted and, though of the samurai class, much more interested in wielding philosophy than the sword. And he’s a Christian. That hasn’t presented too much of a problem until the recent edict banning the “foreign religion.” One Sunday at Mass, imperial soldiers break in and arrest the Portuguese priest, Shiro’s friend and mentor. Later that day, Shiro’s childhood friend, Kumiko, is assaulted by one of the soldiers. in the face of mounting brutality, Shiro must make a decision whether to reject his faith or defend it.
Masaru takes the reader on a vivid journey back to a time and culture where chivalry and honor are regarded as precious as life itself. A balanced blend of history, philosophy, and action adventure, Masaru is a tale based upon the actual events of the Shimabara Rebellion and the real-life person of Shiro Amakusa.
Anyone who enjoys Japanese culture, history, or just a well-told story, will thoroughly enjoy this unique book.