Tohru Honda has promised never to reveal the secret of the Sohma clan, which she discovered in Volume 1 of Fruits Basket: the Sohma family is cursed. They are possessed by vengeful spirits from the Chinese zodiac, so that whenever a member of the opposite sex embraces them, they turn into an animal from the zodiac! Tohru is sworn to secrecy, but even so, Hatori, one of the Sohma clan, has the ability to erase memories. He believes it would be risky to allow Tohru to continue to remain aware of their curse.
Tohru is trustworthy and intends to keep their secret, but when her two best friends show up at the house where she is now living with three of the Sohmas, doing housekeeping in return for room at board, it is a challenge to keep things looking normal. Especially when her friends insist on spending the night! Luckily Tohru is clever and resourceful, and most important of all, she has a good heart.
She has no idea that her presence in the lives of Yuki, Kyo and Shigure has made them happier than they've been in years. When New Year's Eve rolls around, Tohru understands that her friends must attend a private Sohma family event. Spending New Year's alone for the first time since her mother's death is a depressing prospect for her, but of course she would never admit to that. Will her new friends figure things out and manage to be as good friends to her as she's been to them?
I am looking forward to reading more about Tohru's further adventures in this delightful, lighthearted series.
Fruits Basket, Volume 2 by Natsuki Takaya (Tokyopop, 1998)