The Silver Flame is a razor sharp blade that shines like burning fire. It is exquisitely beautiful and never, ever short of admirers. An American civil war veteran and samurai-in-training called Red Phoenix obsesses over the weapon and the secret hidden inside its core; a lethal geisha known as Scarlet Orchid desires the killing instrument for its priceless value; and an illustrious thief named Howling Dog craves the sword for his lavish collection of samurai artefacts. In the race to secure possession of the weapon each will encounter treachery and each will suffer loss. Only one can survive the ordeal, only one can be what the others can’t, and only one will be able to resist the allure of the flickering blade.