"Shurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from holding office. The emperor Ryuki, however, refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Shurei is asked to become a consort to the emperor to persuade the ne'er-do-well ruler to govern. The Blue Scarf Gang continues its attack on Kogaro. Yogetsu's strength during the battle gets the notice of the underworld bosses who want to recruit him, but Ryuki says the boy is already promised to him...?!"--P.  of cover.