"Child and Expertise for Rent" reads the sign on the crude baby cart that Ogami Itto pushes, carrying his infant son, Daigoro, as they wander the Japanese countryside.
Ogami Itto, disgraced Shogunate executioner and sworn enemy of the evil Yagyu Clan, rescues a girl who has killed a pimpiin self defense. For his actions, he is captured and beaten to within an inch of his life by Yakuza.
The Chief Chamberlain of the Kakegawa Clan hears of Ogami's ordeal, and understands that the harsh code of Bushido gave Ogami no choice but to endure the torture, when in fact it would have been easy for him to escape. Ogami is hired by the Chamberlain to kill Governor Sawatari, who arranged the death of the rightful Lord of the Kakegawa and stole the Kakegawa feif. Sawatari, himself, offers to hire Ogami, but when Ogami refuses, Sawatari realizes that he is Ogami's target, and decides to trap the "Lone Wolf and Cub". Little does Sawatari realize that on the road to Hell, Death pushesia Perambulator of Peril!