Now that the vile Lord Oda is dead, Taro and his friends are safe in the mountain lair of the ninjas. Or so they think. Soon, Taro, Hana, and Hiro find themselves in a trap as strange new creatures invade their lives and familiar enemies surround them—and despite his vampire abilities, Taro is helpless to prevent the death of his mother. Furious and grief stricken, haunted by her mute and beseeching ghost, he determines to recover the Buddha Ball, source of limitless power. But if Taro is to make peace with his mother and fulfill his destiny, he must face his archenemy on an equal battlefield—for it turns out that Lord Oda is not dead…he’s a vampire.