The Plum Blooms in Winter
An ACFW Genesis Award Winner
Japan, 1948. A prostitute seeks her revenge. A war hero finds his true mission. And redemption pierces to the darkest places our world can devise.
The Plum Blooms in Winter is a work of fiction, but a remarkable true story inspired it. On April 18, 1942, just six months after Pearl Harbor, eighty men took flight on a perilous volunteer mission to bomb the Japanese main island. The mission, now known as the Doolittle Raid, was a brilliant military success. But it left most of the airmen stranded in enemy-occupied China.
The novel follows one of these men on a harrowing journey through capture, torture, privation and solitary confinement. And it follows a bereaved Japanese woman on her quest for ritual revenge.
Their paths collide in 1948 in Osaka. He is now a missionary and she’s a war-hardened streetwalker consumed by her shame. Convinced that this American aviator dropped the bomb that killed her brother, she determines to restore her honor by assassinating him. But in Osaka’s treacherous underworld, the huntress soon becomes hunted.