Sachiko and Masato Azuma have overcome numerous obstacles in dealing
with their firstborn son Hikaru's autism. Having saved their marriage
from ending in ruins, the young couple has welcomed a healthy baby girl,
Kanon, into their tight-knit family. But with the obvious differences
between Hikaru's and Kanon's developmental abilities, it becomes
apparent that social prejudices against Hikaru's disability are never
far away. As Hikaru moves into fourth grade, Sachiko encounters a new
student, Miyu, whose mother has completely given up on her daughter's
life and her own. With the help of Hikaru's beloved teacher,
Aoki-sensei, Sachiko aims to bring hope back to Miyu's family. But when
Aoki-sensei transfers to a different school and Hikaru's special
education class is thrown into upheaval by yet another tragedy, can
Sachiko continue to hold on to her own hope for her son's future?
Keiko Tobe was an acclaimed Japanese manga artist whose masterwork With the Light strove to bring the everyday struggles of raising a child with autism to a wider audience. With the Light earned her the Japan Media Arts
Festival's Manga Division Excellence Prize in 2004, and the series was
also adapted into a critically-acclaimed drama series in Japan.