Akari, a twenty two-year-old woman whose mother has died because of overworking, leaves her factory hometown in her mother’s truck to meet her father, who has abandoned the family. Kota, the seventeen-year-old son of Akari’s father’s new family, is weary of his position as the oldest son in a big family and tired of his down-at-heel father. When Kota runs away from home, he encounters Akari in front of his house. Akari senses Kota’s serious mood, and suddenly decides to follow him and to drive him around in the truck. A faltering awkward journey of a half-blood sister and brother begins.
Rosetta and new arrival Chloe band together to try to break the garden fairies' legendary losing streak in the Pixie Hollow Games, a sports spectacle filled with pixie pageantry, fantastic fairy events and hilarious surprises.
The story is loosely based on a 17th century erotic Chinese story named The Carnal Prayer Mat and follows a young scholar named Yangsheng who gets married to the beautiful daughter of a local merchant.
Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, itinerant journalist Paul Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman.