Kaei Year 3 (1850), Tōno, Nanbu province: Sotokawa Ichigorō is something of an eccentric, a solitary young man who prefers painting to martial arts or career ambitions. One day he gets lost while searching for a deep red lily and stumbles upon a mountain village. There he meets Keika, a young girl who resembles a zashiki-warashi spirit, and eventually the two come to live together. They begin to create portraits of people who have perished from poverty or epidemics, depicting "the happiness they might have had". A historical fantasy about Sotokawa Shikō, the painter who left us the portraits of the deceased we now call "Kuyō egaku".