It was sad that some of the white's saw the native Hawaiians as lesser humans, mere dogs to some.
The author has taken an important historical event in Hawaii's history and added historically famous people along with fictitious characters of her making to create an enjoyable read and an informative lesson in Hawaii's history.
Book one of this series, The Spoils of Eden was hard for me to get into because the author had to introduce the characters and the parts they played within history and this novel. I realize this was necessary and helpful in understanding the events that unfold. The author definitely did her research.
Book two was much easier to read because the author had laid the groundwork first in book one. This was an enjoyable book from start to finish.