Flying to Nowhere is set on a Welsh island with monastery, farm and miraculous well. Novices nurse hopeless spiritual aspirations; farm girls in their dormitory after harvest exchange tales of sexuality and flight. The Abbot is at his dissecting table, engaged in a desperate and macabre search for the seat of the soul; the Bishop’s emissary, investigating missing pilgrims, is digging up the island. On the morning after the ceremonial ordeal of a novice, women approach the bedchamber carrying sharp knives and bowls of hot water. At the climax of the story the Abbot preaches a sermon against flying.