The book is better at capturing the interior, reflective thoughts in this story than the slow-moving, ponderous film adaptation. It mixes an ocean murder mystery, a bi-racial love story, a call to preserve freedom of the press, and an examination of a Pacific NW community's reaction to the WWII internment of Japanese-American citizens being ripped from their homes. There's a poignant scene where a decorated Japanese-American soldier, home at last, attempts to retrieve the family strawberry farm. The actors are good in long scenes set in a courtroom, against a frequently visually dark and snowy background (most of the filming was done in Canada, with some on Whidbey Island). The memory flashbacks are sometimes awkwardly introduced and performed.