This story should have captivated me more than it did. For some reason I just couldn't get into it. I read and read, I gave it well over half the book to make me feel some pull to propel me to the end, but it just couldn't quite get there. The story centers around Rachel and her life as a leper in a leper colony in Hawaii. The trouble for me, was that besides her initial diagnosis and exile to the leper colony there is really no conflict. The book is about her life there. Loss and and grief play a central role in the story because Rachel loses just about everyone who she is close to to the disease. There are some very poignant moments and a very vivid cast of characters. Unfortunately, they all failed to pull me in. I got Rachel to adulthood and past her first love and through some interesting situations but I really just couldn't find any reason to read until the end.