Whipple, a doctor, is a divinity student at Yale and the roommate of Abner Hale. He decides to go to Owhyhee to convert the pagans after attending the lecture of Keoki Kanakoa. Whipple marries his cousin Amanda and leaves for Hawaii with the Hales. They go to work on the island of Hawaii, where they stay for several years. Whipple leaves the missions and goes into business with Captain Janders. They have a prosperous store on Lahaina. His business ventures take him to China where he is looking for workers for the sugar plantations. He meets Chun Fat Kee to discuss the situation and stipulates that the workers must be Hakka. Whipple becomes very prosperous and dies in 1870.