Journey into the deeper beauty and hidden turmoil of Hawaiʻi
Daughters of Fire is a tale of romance, intrigue, myth and murder set amid the cultural tensions of America’s fiftieth state. A visiting astronomer falls in love with a Hawaiian anthropologist who guides him into a Polynesian world of volcanoes, gods and revered ancestors. The lovers get caught up in murder and intrigue as developers and politicians try to conceal that a long-dormant volcano is rumbling back to life above the hotel-laden Kona coast.
The PhD anthropologist joins forces with an aging seer and a young activist, and these three Hawaiian women summon their deepest traditions to confront Hawai'i’s latest, most extravagant resort as the eruption and the murder expose deep rifts in paradise.
More than a decade in its research and writing, Tom Peek's mystical and provocative debut novel picks up Hawaiʻi's story where James Michener left off. Daughters of Fire illuminates how the islands' transformation into a tourist mecca and developers gold mine sparked a Native Hawaiian movement to reclaim their culture, protect sacred land, and step into the future with wisdom and aloha.
To read excerpts from the novel, click on one of its John D. Dawson illustrations.