Mau is returning from the Boys' Island when he is caught up in a tidal wave. His village, the Nation, is gone. It is up to him to rebuild it, with the help of a shipwrecked girl. A lot of cultural misunderstandings occur, but gradually, a new Nation is created.
A very thought-provoking novel, with multiple themes of loss, love, courage, religion, and politics. Interesting subplots, discoveries, and insights keep readers entertained until the very last page. Highly recommended.