Hawaii is a story on the struggle of inheriting $3 million in communist-era Romania when owning $1 could mean losing your freedom and touches on the theme of how money could buy if not happiness, at least the freedom to choose unhappiness. The story is set in the last years of the socialist era of Romania, the last country to escape the regime in Europe, a time when the communist state was the most cruel and the terrors inflincted by the secret police were peaking in intensity.