This book is about the adventure of curois young japense boy Manjiro. who has a lot of questions, and a dream to become Japanese Samuri.
Will you come to America to Live with me as my son?
知らない (I Don't Know)
Manjiro, Denzo, and Juske are stranded on "bird Island" After the currents on thier fishing trip take a turn for the worst. They are trapped for two months living on rain and the birds that live on the island.
私はアメリカに行くと思う (I think I'm going to America)
それらの野蛮人と？あなたは狂っている。 (With those barbarians? You're crazy.
Eventually they are rescued by "Barbarians" (who are really just poeple from america) who welcome them on thier ship . The Jonh Howland, whaling ship.
短剣 (Short Sword)
Manjiro becoms somewhat attched to the caption of the John Hownland, and so the Captian gives Mnajiro the choice to either return to Japan and be suspected to be a spy or to come with Cpatain whitfiled to America.
Manjiro chooses to go America and consuqutly has to leave Denzo and Jusuke to find thier own way to live in a rural town, or make it back to Japan. Manjiro needs to know what it is liek in America.
After Living in America for 20 years, Majiro can speak fluent english and dicdeds to go back to japan. There he is suspected to be a brainwashed spy. But he will go on with his extensive knowleged of the new world of America to become a knowledagble Samuri.