Again like the previous novella this picks up at the end of the first book, Flame in the Mist. This novella focused on Yumi, a character who isn't a main character in the first book but is part of the story.
Like Mariko she wants more from life and not to be beholden to man. It was great to see what makes her tick, her feelings that drive her. I really hope she gets to be in the second book with chapters from her POV, I would love to see a second woman break with the traditions that's expected of her and take action and follow what she believes.
Just like the novella before it isn't required reading, it doesn't add anything to the plot but adds to a character that is lesser known.