Who is the new nurse who comes to work on the island?

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The new nurse on the island is Miss Fuji. Miss Fuji is a nineteen-year-old girl who has been condemned to isolation on the island of Nagashima because she has leprosy. This island is the quarantine destination for all lepers lest they contaminate the rest of the community. Prior to Miss Fuji’s forced relocation, she lived a happy life and dreamed of a future filled with pearl diving. However, this drastically changed with the appearance of two spots on her skin. It was protocol to forget everything about one's previous life, including their family relations and name, once an individual contracted the disease. For these reasons, the young girl changes her name to Miss Fuji. Even though the injections she gets stop the progress of her condition, she is not integrated back into the community and is forced to remain on the island where she is to take care of the other lepers whose condition is worse than hers.

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