Legend says miraculous, blood-red healing crystals hide in a secret cave on a fabulous mountain in Japan. Monique de Champlain desires them. So does her dashing fiancé, Captain Rodrigo Oliveiro de Sousa. There are deep scars for the wondrous crystals to heal. As Monique shelters with nuns, Rodrigo voyages across the globe. But Japan in the 1620s is a dangerous place for foreigners, especially Europeans. A ronin samurai who calls himself the "Guardian of Jewels" is also interested in locating the sacred mountain. Who will get there first? Adventure and magical realism, lightly kissed with romance, swirl together inside and beyond the enclosure of a French convent and Japan's Tokaido road in Elizabeth D'Onofrio's illuminating drama of desire and transcendence where West and East face each other along the same path to the interior. The Crystals of Yukitake takes the reader on a spiritual journey that touches the soul.