The story of 16-year-old Riyo who journeys to Hawaii in 1918 to marry a man she has never met, except through photographs and letters they have exchanged. Hoping to escape a troubled past and to start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age and Hawaii is not the paradise she expected. As Riyo comes to terms with her new home, she discovers a land full of hardship, struggle--and unexpected joy. Written by
Hawaii, 1918. She left Japan for a man she had never met, in a new world she couldn't imagine... America.
Did You Know?
Did you tell the matchmaker about my parents?
You mean, how they died? Of course not.
[hands Riyo a picture
Matsuji is such a handsome man. He doesn't look like a sugar cane farmer!
[stares at the picture, then grabs the letter next to it and reads
When the mist covers the mountains, I'm reminded of the homeland. Yet, in this South Seas paradise, money is earned with ease, and the eternal fragrance of flowers is but another tropical blessing. In anticipation of your arrival, I'm inspired to ...