Sensitive Kenji Kuro, son of a vulgar Japanese officer is cowed into going to military school. Here he meets a young boy whose has been educated in the arts of Haiku and in the study of the traditional Japanese garden. The boys meet a priest whose influence greatly changes Kenji's life.
While searching for sacred stones, Kenji meets a master gardener who apprentices Kenji to work in the design of gardens. After questioning Kenji about leaving home and school, the master discovers that Kenji still hates his father. He is discharged from his work for the reason that anyone with hatred cannot work in creating a sacred garden.
Kenji returns to military school after his father is severly wounded, where he succeeds in his role as a military man but fails when Kenji consideres his being untrue to his true feelings.
Kenji Kuro was...