In 1611, the merchants of London received an unexpected letter. Written by William Adams, a marooned English sailor, it revealed he had been living in Japan for more than a decade. Believing that Adams held the key to exploiting the opulent riches of this forbidden land, seven adventurers were sent to befriend him. The extraordinary events that followed their arrival forever changed Japan's relations with the West. 'Samurai William' is a tale of two worlds. Written by bestselling historian, Giles Morton, and illuminated by first-hand accounts, it is the fascinating story of the first Englishman to visit the lands of the Orient.