The author of three books set in China switches to present-day Hawaii with a story which is largely love, with its share of flag waving, and a superficiality that was not true of her first novels. Competent light novel, but marred by bursts of sentiment, which may, however, widen its rental popularity. Katherine Lathrop, homeward bound from China, stops off in Hawaii and stays as house guest with the autocratic Mrs. Anbrose, whose household includes an Austrian Professor (a refugee), and English child evaoues , and Japanese servants in whom she has implicit trust, to her grief, and Peter, her grandson, attractive, impetuous. Katherine suspects him of volatility and fights her love for him, but she capitulates, and December 7th is set for the wedding. Then comes Pearl Harbor, with Peter in the thick of action -- a postponed wedding -- and separation, as Peter goes off on a dangerous mission. Good enough ""pop"".