In this humorous novel of romance and culture clash, a man stranded and lost manages to find love in an unexpected place.
In late August, Eiji Takezo is driving across the United States on back roads, trying to escape the pressure from his father to marry the right woman and follow in his footsteps as head of the family bank. When his car breaks down, he suddenly finds himself stranded in rural Cedar Springs, Oklahoma. There he meets a strange cast of characters who take him in, befriend him, and reorder his life before he can blink.
None of these new acquaintances is more interesting than Blair Don Mason. Blair is a beautiful local girl who works as a secretary, and Eiji—who begins calling himself Eli, a name given to him by the eccentric family who has taken him in—is instantly in love. When he learns that she feels the same way, he decides to stay and try to build a new life in Cedar Springs. But how long can their love last in the face of bigotry?