At Chicago's O'Hare airport, Flight 785, bound for London and then Brussels, is boarded by a group of ordinary people from all walks of life. This sets the scene for the richly imagined plot that unfolds as the passengers continue their journey along a flight path for which they were hardly prepared. A series of adventures gradually reveals each passenger's innermost being, and they all become aware that they are going to different final destinations. Naomi Smith successfully dramatises that the afterlife is a place in which we learn who we truly have been, or rather, who we truly are. She reveals that hell is neither external punishment nor other people, as Sartre thought, but rather, it is our selves, if we lack the capability of self-sacrifice and love. Similarly, heaven is reserved for those who have offered themselves in love and selflessness toward others.
Naomi Gladish Smith has written numerous essays and short stories that have been published in the annual anthology The Chrysalis Reader, "The Christian Science Monitor," and "Interludes Magazine." Her first work of fiction, "Buried Remembrance, " was a best-selling mystery novel.