The people of Tawano are used to the yakuza. They know to avoid them, to get off the streets when fights are brewing. At least, most of them do.
When college student Hiroshi makes a fatal mistake, and finds himself held at knifepoint, there's only one person who can help him: Kazuo, the yakuza who controls Tawano, and the one who started the fight in the first place.
They're completely different, and as their paths keep crossing, neither of them can understand the other—but it's clear they'll have to, or the dangers that follow Kazuo could claim more than just the lives of a few city-folk.
Yakuza is a 75,000-word bittersweet romance.