The spirit of aloha is found in Hawaii’s fresh ocean air, the flowers, the trade winds . . . the natural beauty that smoothes the struggles of daily life. In 1922 Honolulu, unhappy in the adoptive family that raised her, Dolores begins to search for that spirit early on—and she begins by running away to live with her newlywed friend Maria. Married at sixteen and the mother of two by nineteen, Dolores’s quest to find the aloha spirit within herself—and to escape the abuse of her alcoholic husband—leads her to flee Hawaii after the bombing of Pearl Harbor for California, where she seeks to make a new life for herself. But her past isn’t so easily left behind.