In Kauai, Hawaii, a naval missile veers off course and strikes a tourist boat. Suspecting sabotage, Jesse Matthews, head of base security, commandeers Kaia Oana, a native Hawaiian and dolphin researcher, to help patrol the waters around the naval base with her remarkable dolphin.

Kaia resents the disruption of her research and the endangerment of her dolphin, as well as her attraction to the high-handed haole (white) naval officer; but the mystery becomes personal when she suspects a loved one may be involved. To survive, Jesse and Kaia must pass tests of faith, forgiveness and courage.

In this first Aloha Reef novel, Coble deftly juggles multiple personalities and plot lines converging in a breath-stealing finale with high stakes for all. Detail of the island landscape was magnificent, but other locations felt blurry. (May, 304 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson