This was a very moving book. There is so little I knew about WW2, how communism came about in China, the defeat of Japan, and the raw brutality of the Japanese army. I have been changed by reading about the characters presented in this book and the follow up search through history. The text is extremely well written and vivid. So often I found myself thinking, "yes, that is it exactly". Pono from the Shark Dialogues even makes an appearance which surprised me.
"...Follows the fortunes of the Meahuna family--and the odyssey of one resilient man searching for his soul mate after she is torn by his side by the forces of war. From the turbulent years of World War II through Hawaii's complex journey to statehood..."