Notably player and game master information is dispersed throughout the volume, meaning spoiler background and information is not set aside or marked. The third printing of the volume included a number of editorial changes.
From the back cover:
For a thousand years, the mysterious Dragon Clan has cloistered themselves away in their legendary mountain fortresses. Now, many of their secrets are revealed within the pages of the first book in the The Way of the Clans series.
New Character Creation Rules for Kitsuki Magistrates, Agasha Shugenja and the Tattooed Men, the Ise zumi
New Skills, Techniques, Advantage and Disadvantages, including Ancestors
Ancient artifacts and relics of the Dragon Clan
Fortune and Heritage Tables
Excerpts from "Niten", Mirumoto's discourse on the famous two-sword technique of the Mirumoto Family
Rules for Kaze-do, the unarmed combat style of Togashi Kaze