The story focuses on the Hawaiian occupation under the tyranny of the Japanese armed forces, and the United States' preparation on retaking Hawaii. By mid-1943, the US has amassed its ships and troops to retake Hawaii, and launch another invasion attempt. The Americans quickly gain the upper hand, torpedoing the Japanese carrier Zuikaku with a submarine, and sinking the Akagi and Shokaku in aerial attacks at the loss of only one escort carrier. The Americans, greatly aided by their new F6F Hellcat fighter, quickly gain control of the air, and gradually defeat the Japanese on Oahu. Most of the important Japanese officials and collaborators escape on a submarine as Honolulu falls, but Minoru Genda and the King and Queen of Hawaii choose to commit suicide. Following the American victory, Hawaii becomes the launching pad for the American war effort in the Pacific theater.