Kenshin journeys to the home of Arai Shakk, the legendary swordsmith who forged his sakabat, in the hope of procuring a replacement for the blade that was shattered in a fight with Seta Sjir. Instead of Shakk, though, Kenshin finds his son Seik, who has given up making instruments of death. But when word gets around that before he passed away Shakk forged a final blade, one of Shishio's warriors also decides to pay a visit, and he doesn't plan on leaving empty-handed. With the safety of Seik's family at risk, Kenshin springs into action, even if it means fighting without a weapon at his side! Next, Kenshin realizes that if he is to defeat Shishio the time has come to complete his training in Hiten Mitsurugi-ry. But first he will have to convince his incredibly stubborn master, Hiko Seijr, that he is indeed worthy of Hiten Mitsurugi's greatest secrets and techniques. Then, with all ten of his Juppongatana "Ten Swords" fighters now in Kyoto, Shishio kicks his scheme to radically alter the face of Meiji Era Japan into high gear. Can Kenshin, Sait and Misao marshal their resources in time to prevent Shishio from burning Kyoto to the ground?