The Master | 1983
Thirty years after he settles in Japan, John P. McCallister, a master of the Ninja, the Japanese art of disciplined combat, receives a letter from Terry, a daughter he never knew he had. Relying only on the postmark on the letter--the small American city of Ellerston--McCallister leaves Japan to find her. However, because McCallister betrays his destiny by leaving Japan, he is sentenced to die and is followed by Okasa, a Ninja master assigned to kill him.
In Ellerston, McCallister meets and befriends Max Keller, a young drifter who helps him out of a scrape. When Max learns of John's quest, he volunteers to help him. In return, John promises to teach him the art of the secret sect. The series depicts John's search for his daughter--a trail that leads him and Max across America and into the lives of people in trouble--and John's efforts to avoid Okasa, his sworn enemy.