Based on the experiences of Sir William Adams, an English sea captain and adventurer, whose adventures in late 16th-century Japan are parallelled by James Clavell's story in this classic book of the same name. Using the true-life experiences of Sir William Adams, who even in present day Japan, still has a neighborhood named in his honor. Combined with creative use of historical records, dramatic flair, and compelling story telling, created this tale of one man's plight in feudal Japan. John Blackthorne, English ship pilot, wrecked upon the Japanese coast in the early 16th century, during the sengoku-jidai, the age of the country at war. Used as both a pawn and a prize, staring down danger, suffering torture, betrayal, multiple attempts at his life by both the Japanese and the Catholic church; and forced to leave behind all that he held dear to overcome incredible odds. Learning to speak a strange new language and struggling to understand a culture entirely alien to him; Pilot-Major John Blackthorne is thrown in the midst of an epic battle between the country's two most powerful warlords.
.. with the winner set to claim the title of Shogun: Supreme military ruler of all Japan..