|In the second month of the ninth year of the reign of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, a great fire tore through the town of Edo. Starting from Maruyama, it spread to Komagome. The prosperous greengrocer Yaogen was also razed as well. |
The only daughter of the house of Yaogen, O-Shichi, is sent to stay at the Daijoji (temple) until the shop, which also serves as her home, is rebuilt. At the temple, O-Shichi falls in love at first sight with the Kichisaburo, who works at the temple. Kichisaburo seems to be the son of a samurai, whose identity is unknown. Having been left at the temple when he was a young boy, Kichisaburo has known no other life than that of working at the temple, but he aspires to be a scholar.