- Low-ranking samurai Hikoshiro Bessho is hardworking, educated and skilled in swordfighting, but as a second son, he gets nothing. He marries into another samurai family, but jealous relatives conspire to have him kicked out of the household. With nowhere to turn, he can only board with his less-than-pleased brother and sister-in-law. Already down in the pits, Hikoshiro encounters a former classmate who has since risen int he ranks, having found success after praying at certain shrine. A drunken Hikoshiro decides to try his luck at a run-down shrine, and ends up attracting the attentions of the Gods of Poverty, Pestilence and Death.