Chester is a nisei, or US-born Japanese American, from Terminal Island, California. Chester finds himself caught between the insular Japanese community of his upbringing and his life as an all-American 22-year-old. He’s a proud, stubborn young man who hopes to one day leave his “tiny island” and travel the country as a photographer for LIFE Magazine. At the time of the first episode, Chester’s relationship and community life are both under duress from extreme, life-altering circumstances. Chester’s response to these events leads him on a treacherous journey that teaches him what it means to be an American, and a man.