Study Guide

Heart of a Samurai Chapter 23

By Margi Preus

Chapter 23


  • Manjiro's the man of the house now that the captain is gone.
  • Things are sad and lonely for a while, but then Manjiro finds out about The New American Practical Navigator, this navigation magazine that's full of navigational knowledge.
  • Manjiro's obsessed and spends his days earning money off of odd jobs just so he can buy his copy of the Navigator.
  • Then there's the baby.
  • Yep—the captain left a little someone behind.
  • Manjiro falls in love with little William Henry, whose blue eyes remind him now of the sea, not of the devil. Aw.
  • Manjiro dreams of the day that William will man his own ship proudly into a Japanese port in order to visit Manjiro.
  • Oh—and there's a girl, too. (You knew this was coming…)