EAST WIND, RAIN
The island of Niihau is an idyllic place, without phones, electricity, or any modern conveniences. The Hawaiians who live there like their simple life; except for regular visits by the island’s owner, the eccentric white man, Mr. Robinson, there is no contact with the outside world. But this changes when, on December 7, 1941, an unidentified plane crashes onto this remote island. Unbeknownst to the islanders, the downed plane is a Japanese Zero; the pilot, who survives the landing, has just strafed Pearl Harbor. Only the Haradas, a Japanese-American couple who also live on the island, understand immediately that the United States is at war with Japan. As the pilot tries to enlist the Haradas help, and the Niihauans wonder why Robinson has not appeared for his regular visit from nearby Kauai, the once peaceful island begins to implode.
In the tradition of Snow Falling on Cedars comes this provocative and compelling debut novel of innocence, identity, loyalty, and betrayal set on a small isolated Hawaiian island in December 1941 -- based on true events.