There is little room for women in a World War II novel. But to Tadashi, there is only one woman who matters anyway: his wife, Sachiko.
Most marriages in early twentieth-century Japan were “arranged”; Tadashi’s was no exception, and he feels honored by the gods when he realizes how much he loves her.
Sachiko is not only beautiful, and a dutiful wife as custom demands, she is a strong and capable partner. When Tadashi is called into service, she takes over their small farm along with the care of their infant son, Ichiro.
For the next four years, Sachiko becomes the glue that holds Tadashi’s life together. Throughout the war, through enemy attack, the death of comrades, starvation, and turmoil, through the days it seems he will not survive, Tadashi focuses on his love for his wife and child. Everything he does revolves around his desire to return home to them.
He only hopes that when he does, Sachiko will still love the man he has become.