It's 1941 and Adam has just moved to Honolulu, where his lieutenant father is stationed with the Navy. At his new school Adam meets Davi, a fellow student whose parents are Japanese. After a rocky start, the two begin to hit it off as friends. But with rumors of war in the air, Adam's strict father doesn't want him befriending any Japanese kids, American or not.
One fateful morning, Adam sneaks out to go fishing with Davi and another boy, and they end up at Pearl Harbor, just in time to see Japanese planes attack. Adam watches as his father's ship, the U.S.S. Arizona, sinks into the harbor. With the nation soon to be at war, Adam realizes that he must assist the military's efforts in any way possible, and do whatever it takes to help find his father.
Filled with details about life in Hawaii and facts about the attack on Pearl Harbor, this historical novel tells the story of a young man who struggles with how to live up to his father's expectations and follow in his heroic footsteps.