Charlie Kaleohano is a man pushed by desperation to blow up a grand Waikiki hotel, an act calculated to strike back at the forces that have long suppressed Hawai`i. He flees into the wild uplands near Honolulu and gradually rediscovers himself through hardship, but his act of terrorism has brought the collapse of Hawai`i's economy and teetering social tension.Jeff, a failing Honolulu real estate agent, loses his wife and sanity to an act of random violence. And Daniel, the son of the Heir Presumptive, returns to the islands for his brother's funeral only to get caught up in his father's push to reclaim a sovereign Hawai`i, an insurgency that will surely lead to his execution if it fails. As the islands slide into recession, unemployment and racial strife, these men fight to hold onto a Hawai`i that once was, or push it toward its ultimate destiny.
Brian Reeves is a writer and English instructor with a particular interest in Hawai`i and the Caribbean. Though he was raised in the Pacific Northwest, he spent many years in Hawai`i and Florida, has traveled extensively, and spent some time in Peace Corps in Guyana, South America. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and young daughter.