Somewhere in Japan's back country, Mitsuo Wada, a young farmer, is suffering. His father has separated from his mother and left the house to be with a barmaid. Greedy land developers want to buy out his remaining land, a hothouse where he grows tomatoes for sale. A housewife from a nearby new apartment complex seduces him, only to be revealed that she was married...
One fine day, he does an arranged marriage meeting and meets Ayako, who becomes his life's love. With her help, he will enjoy the fruits of his work more and stand tall against the city-minded townspeople who want him to abandon farming and become a "regular guy."
Wahei Tatematsu, the author, is known in Japan for his social activism and defense of the environment, and this book is a very good way of explaining how modern ways can have harmful consequences not only on the natural, but also on the human, environment. Objective (Mitsuo's determination and grit) and very sexy (in the Mitsuo-Ayako scenes). I recommend it.
This report prepared by Sergio Mendoza