Three Views of Crystal Water : Three Views of Crystal Water is told by the Canadian girl Vera, who comes of age amongst the brave women divers of Japan. Nurtured by the ama community, she learns to dive 45 feet with a single breath. She also finds her first lover. In the lives of the simple fisherfolk, loyalty is everything. But Vera is an outsider, and when war is declared in Europe, she must go home to Vancouver. In the murky streets of Gastown, Vera comes to understand the pearl-lust that has divided the men in her family. But it is years later when she discovers what catastrophes war has brought to her friends, and what deliverance to her young lover, and herself.