The ship barn, crafted of redwood and ironbark, survived the flames. Moose opened the barn window to see a blackened world of destroyed crops and homes.
“And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.”
—Genesis 7:23 KJV
As June traveled to Agate Beach with Montana and Susanna, she savored the soft whispering pines and fresh blueberry biscuits. After several vespers at Agate Beach with Sam and Harriet, June found she could once again peacefully listen to waves breaking on shore.
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”
—2 Peter 1:19 KJV
In San Francisco, the captain abandoned June on the dock. Joseph Kingman, who lived on Nob Hill, found June and placed her in his estate kitchen. Kingman’s son, Jake, worked as a sous chef and owned a fishing vessel, the Swordfish. In a holiday showdown for top chef, June’s pineapple upside-down cake with toasted macadamia crust won the competition.
“And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.”
—Genesis 27:41 KJV
On the island of Oahu, the captain’s bride insisted on selling a group of slaves, including June and Moose, to a pineapple plantation owner. She claimed the wedding dress that June had created made her look like a pineapple.
“And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.”
—Esther 5:11 KJV