When Olamaiileoti Monroe takes her seventy-five-year-old father, Finau, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, both are caught up in a search for understanding of each other and the ties that bind them. Their story unfolds on an international stage--in Samoa, New Zealand, New York, and Israel--and opposes the modern selfishness of Ola to the moral complexity of Finau.
"The extension of the Pacific Islands' purview to include the whole world and to grapple essentially with the moral problems of the Jew and Christian is made with a great deal of aesthetic success. Albert Wendt thus remains, in all senses of the word, this region's leading novelist." --Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing.