As Jie and her compatriots continue their investigation, it leads them to the Trench, an unwelcoming territory controlled by Triads where a murderer stalks the streets.
Still wounded by the betrayal of a fellow Clan member, Jie intends to find who was behind the assassination of a local Lord. At the same time, she has to educate naive young nobleman Tian in the ways of the Black Lotus Clan.
As far as most know, Jie is in training to become a Night Blossom, one of the famed courtesans of the Floating World. But that is just a cover. In truth, Jie is a member of the legendary Black Lotus Clan, a highly trained spy and assassin. Now it seems someone has discovered the truth about her and plans to see her dead.