World War II veteran, George Waterson, has suffered for over fifty years. When the past he tried to forget reappears in the form of a granddaughter he never knew about, he must once again relive his nightmares of the Bataan Death march, Japanese prison camps and layers of guilty deeds he could never forgive.
Upon the death of her grandmother, Naomi Yamamoto discovers an old prison journal belonging to her grandfather, Captain Shiro Yamamoto, a Japanese war criminal. The journal sets forth the tragic fate of the Yamamoto clan, a once powerful samurai family destroyed by an Emperor’s lust for domination over all Asian lands. It further reveals that he is not her real grandfather and sends her on a journey to discover the fateful friendship between a Japanese officer and an American prisoner of war.
Thousand Year Silence is the story of two men caught in a political and military maelstrom. George and Shiro return home to different worlds, one to a hero’s welcome in a victorious nation, the other to await trial in a devastated land occupied by a foreign government. But both men are broken shadows of what they once were, trying to rebuild their lives in the wake of ultimate tragedy.
Through the secret heartache of an old man and a forgotten journal, Naomi pieces together the tragic events and the dark shame of war that poisoned all of their lives.
The biological imperitive of this plot confuses me. George is a prisoner of war? He's a grandfather to a Japanese woman Naomi? Who's the grandmother? And please tell me how in the world an American prisoner of war came into contact with a Japanese woman? Knowing even a bit about Japanese culture, I doubt she found ol George attractive at all.
You're going to have to be much more specific about how this story gets started. Right now it's just directionless blather.
Focus on the heart of the story. Hook us with that.