Study Guide

Heart of a Samurai Chapter 13

By Margi Preus

Chapter 13


  • One morning, Davis—one of the sailors—comes and wakes Manjiro up.
  • He wants to show Manjiro some "treasure."
  • Manjiro's thinking gold, but what he sees instead is a skinny dead whale.
  • But the sailors hack up the whale and reach into it for this gross looking glob.
  • That's their treasure: ambergris.
  • Manjiro doesn't get it, but the sailors explain that ambergris is used for perfumes and is totally valuable because it's so hard to get.
  • Then, as they're about to head back to the ship, one of the sailors reaches into the belly and pulls out—wait for it—the Captain's watch.
  • Whoa—what a coincidence, huh?