An officer is falsely accused of setting on fire a forest he was supposed to protect. While he is under trial in Kyoto, his family receives an order to leave their mansion and to surrender to the new owner of the land. The family flees, but they end up being tricked and separated by bandits. Sold as slaves, the two children start living a bitter new reality where they must struggle to survive doing harsh physical labor. Anju and her younger brother Zushio try to protect each other as they wonder if they will ever see their parents again.
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