Japanese castaway gives a whaler's son a dream - the boy's dream comes true¬†when he captains the shogun's flagship - he meets a samurai who wants to change Japan, and¬†beautiful friendship of two men begins. Along with the commodore's hat, he witnesses the collapse of shogunate and a new sun rising, the birth of new Japan.
In the mid-nineteenth century, Japan was deeply entrenched into their isolationist stance. Their brutal treatment of foreigners was known by seamen that sailed in the Pacific.¬†Those who shipwrecked in Japanese waters dared not to seek refuge on nearby shores, preferring to surrender their fate to the waves. At the time some five hundred American whaling ships were working in the Pacific, and whale oil was needed for lighting American homes.¬†
Former Prime Minister wrote the introduction of this remarkable novel.