January 7, 2000
Genre(s): Drama, Romance
In 1950, Carl Heine, Jr., a local fisherman in Mossyrock, WA., has gone missing in heavy fog and is later found dead, entangled in his fishing nets with a large gash on his head. A battery found on Carl’s boat is determined to be owned by Kazuo Miyamoto, a Japanese fisherman who was boyhood friends with Carl. Kazuo is arrested and put on trial for Carl’s murder. In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the local Japanese-American residents of Mossyrock were sent to internment camps. During the trial, Ishmael Chambers, a local newspaper reporter, discovers that years earlier, Carl’s mother, Etta, had scuttled a land deal between her husband and Kazuo’s family, and this could be a motive for the murder. Ishmael is reluctant to bring this information out because he and Kazuo’s wife, Hatsue, were previously lovers.