On April 1, 1945 with the battle of Okinawa beginning, fourteen-year-old native Okinawan Hideki, drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps, is handed two grenades and told to go kill American soldiers; small for his age Hideki does not really want to kill anyone, he just wants to find his family, and his struggle across the island will finally bring him face-to-face with Ray, a marine in his very first battle--and the choice he makes then will change his life forever.
Marines -- Fiction.
Marines -- Juvenile fiction.
Okinawa-shi (Japan) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Okinawa-shi (Japan) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Ryukyuans -- Juvenile fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Survival -- Juvenile fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Okinawa Island -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan -- Okinawa Island -- Juvenile fiction.