This book starts with a mystery. Two men have escaped from a Japanese internment camp during WW2 - Harry Yamada and his father, Kenichi. As the police and FBI go to investigate, a plan crashes containing what seems to be the bodies of the escapees. An open and shut suicide case to some. But for agent Bonner, something seems off. As he dives deeper in an attempt to find the truth behind the crash, he uncovers a sweeping story behind a generational feud between the Yamadas and the Thorns. We follow Harry Yamada and Louis Thorn - raised to hate the others family due to their grandfathers’ feud over farming land. They form an unlikely barnstorming duo brought together by chance by Ava Books and her traveling family. We follow them as they travel around depression era Northern California trying to become a successful stunt act while navigating the tense relationship between Harry and Luis. When Pearl Harbor is bombed the Yamadas are at risk and thus begins the unraveling of how the plane crashed with the bodies of Harry and Kenichi.
Told with stunning descriptions of Northern California and amazing detail around Japanese interment this story is one of loyalty, friendship, family and loss.