From the Shenmue manual
Having lost his mother at an early age, Ryo has devoted his entire young life to rigorous martial arts training under the guidance of a strict but loving father.
Despite a tendency to be reckless and a bit too quick to fight, Ryo has a tremendous amount of potential and an iron strong volition.
Determined to uncover the mystery of his father's murder, he begins a journey that will eventually take him west to a land he has never seen ... China.
What fate lies in store for Ryo?