Ember only wants two things out of life: to be reunited with her sisters, and to see people come back to her café. Catering to people she never sees again, she experiences a loneliness that can’t be filled. As one of the last Whakamanu—a descendant of the Maori bird-god Tane—she has to hold on to the secrets of her tribe. Family first.
personality Austin Garten, host of the popular show Back Road Eats,
needs more in his life than Breadbasket America grilling. He’s tired of
the safe routes, the easy and dependable foods that the Network loves to
display. When his RV breaks down in Wyoming, and he learns about Kai, a
Maori restaurant outside of Casper, his interest is piqued. Once he
meets the proprietor, he realizes he’s wants more than just her food. He
Ember isn’t too sure. The Solstice, the Maori New
Year, is fast approaching, and with the heat in her kitchen ratcheting
up, she knows she can’t keep her secret for much longer. But will Austin
be able to accept her? Or will her secret drive them apart?