They have him. But can they hold him? Wrapped in the talons of Cygnat Owari's Inner Security, Itto must rely on not only his physical strength, but the strength of will he has honed during his many months in flight. If he fails, the seductive Belladonna will learn the whereabouts of young Daisy Ogami, and all hope for mankind will be lost. But Belladonna can be quite convincing, with a whole bag of interrogation tricks at her disposal. Conspiratorial layers are revealed in part one of "Pattern Storm," a significant flagstone in the futuristic action saga inspired by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima's seminal manga series Lone Wolf and Cub.