Fourteen-year-old Phoenix Taylor is yanked from everything familiar when his stepfather receives a transfer to a military base in Okinawa, Japan. Phoenix promises to take his great-grandpa?s war trophy, a WWII Japanese battle flag, back to Okinawa and give it to the soldier?s family. Pa says it?s the only way to release the ghost trapped within the flag. When Phoenix?s stepfather reveals his own plan to give the flag to governor, it launches the boy on a frantic quest to find the soldier?s family before the deadline expires. With the help of two new friends, a college professor, and a psychic, Phoenix discovers the unique history in THE SPIRIT OF THE RISING SUN.