Jack is incredibly brave. His ship is attacked by samurai pirates searching for a map that his father has hidden. When they try to use Jack to bribe his father into telling the location of the map, his father caves and tells them. Unfortunately, they plan to kill Jack anyways. When his father realizes this, he fights back. Jack watches his father get killed, and the pirates, thinking he's dead, leave him lying on the deck. With his dying breath, Jack's father tells him the location of the hidden map, so he sneaks down to the cabin to retrieve it. These actions show bravery because he risks his life trying to find it. When the samurai sees him, he ends up jumping overboard.
The story takes place in the Kai Province which is in Japan; they wear "pale gray kimono robes" which is the traditional dress in Japan. Another clue is that the protagonist, Kimi, is a girl (disguised as a boy) living as a servant at a samurai-training school which is a training. She refers to her deceased father who was the Jito, replaced by her uncle who killed him; this makes me think that a Jito is a head ruler of a country or area. Other clues to the time being in the past is that writing is done on scrolls. (Mrs. Culliton)