Nineteenth century Japan: a land torn by warfare and rebellion where small bands of soldiers seek to overthrow the tyrannical Tokugawa Shogunate.
Enter Kenshin, a young orphan whose fighting skills were honed by the great swordsman Hiko. But Kenshinís soul is embattled much like the killing fields of Japan, his hopes for a new world peace at odds with his life of blood and killing.
His world is thrown into further confusion by the arrival of a mysterious woman named Tomoe. Her kindness and attention show him a kind of life he didnít know existed. Can she help the assassin become a real man? Or does she hide a secret that could destroy everything he has come to depend on?