Amidst a crisis of faith and having lost his parents, a young British botanist joins the first British ship to visit Japan in 1613. In this exotic country, he falls in love with the beautiful spirit of the Cherry Blossom tree. He embraces this mystical world as he spends time with her and witnesses the wonder of Japanese gods. However, the townspeople who are Christian converts believe she is a devil. In order to protect the spirit and save their love, he takes a leap of faith that challenges everything about his old way of life and beliefs.
An American POW captured by the Japanese in WWII, and despondent over the recent loss of his wife, is now faced with having to live with a Japanese foreign exchange student in his son’s home in Fresno, California.