The Donkey Crossing signs take on new meaning for Holly Dorsey when a wild donkey wanders into the path of her rent a car. With nowhere to go but her late uncle’s ranch, she ends up stuck in Hawaii with a fading tan and a broken donkey. As she nurses the animal back to health with the help of a sassy young cowgirl, she learns that the rest of the herd – all 700 of them – is slated to be shot unless someone can figure out what to do with them. Sam, the foreman, is dead set against bringing them to Redwater. The ranch has its own problems – fences need mending, the old house is falling apart, cattle need tending – and selling seems like the only option. But as the sale looms closer, Holly begins to doubt her decision. Spurred by Sam, who may have found the key to a 200-year-old mystery; Bradley, the enigmatic ranch hand she can’t stop thinking about; and A’a, the little black donkey who’s captured her heart, Holly confronts what it means to do the right thing against all odds.
Redwater was inspired by true events surrounding the Kona Nightingales, a herd of wild donkeys descended from those used to transport coffee from the slopes of Hualalai to the ships in Kona, and the mystery surrounding the death of world famous botanist David Douglas, who was found gored in a bullock pit on the slopes of Mauna Kea.
Set in ranch country on the Big Island of Hawaii, Redwater is a story about unexpected love and the remarkable bonds formed between people and animals.