Risuko's father was a Samurai but he left and never returned. Now, years later, Risuko's mom sells her to a woman who trains girls to be shrine maiden... or does she. Risuko's training involves moving rocks, slaughtering chickens, distinguishing between herbs, and learning tea rituals. What will Risuko do when she figures out what is really going on. So... there were parts I liked and it definitely got better as it went on. Overall, it is too mature and violent for my students (only up to grade 5).