New York City , 1929


Plot Summary

  • We are introduced to our protagonist Pearl , and her best friend Iris in a New York bar. They are discussing the recent Wall Street Crash and Iris ’ need for a new story.
  • Pearl returns to her apartment and finds a telegram from Silas , the Wallace family lawyer, informing her that her father has passed away… and that she now inherits the family island in Polynesia.  
  • Distressed, Pearl prepares to head home to the island and packs some things including a journal. It has been years since she and her father spoke and she is overwhelmed by the news.
  • Just before Pearl takes off in her plane, The Pride of Bakersfield, Iris shows up and comes along for moral support.

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