Kagome Higurashi is a 15 year old schoolgirl who lives at a history-filled Japanese shrine. She is also the reincarnation of an ancient priestess named Kikyo, who guarded the sacred Shikon no Tama (Jewel of Four Souls), and who sealed away the half-demon Inuyasha who had tried to steal the jewel in order to become a full demon. Kikyo died of her wounds and had the jewel burned with her body. Kagome is one day pulled into the ancient well on her family is shrine and thrown into the past, 50 years after Kikyo is death. She befriends Kaede, the late Kikyo sister, who realizes Kagome is Kikyo reincarnation. They are attacked, and learn that Kagome has the Shikon no Tama, but it is actually inside her body! Kagome accidentally awakens the dog-demon Inuyasha, and frees him after the jewel has been ripped from her body. Now Inuyasha wants the jewel back, but Kagome can not let him have it. He is forced (by Kaede magic) to wear a necklace that allows Kagome to control him with one word.