In the southern town of Chin-kiang, in the last days of the nineteenth century, two girls bump heads and become thick as thieves. Willow is the only child of a destitute local family. Pearl, the headstrong daughter of zealous Christian missionaries, will become Pearl S. Buck, Nobel Prize-winning writer and activist. Their friendship will be tested during decades of great tumult, by imprisonment and exile, bloody civil war and Mao's repressive Communist regime.
Ambitious and deeply moving, Pearl of China celebrates the power of true friendship, and brings to life a courageous and passionate woman, whose unwavering love for the country of her youth eventually led her to be hailed a national heroine in China.