With her mustang filled to the nuts with the crap she's salvaged from her sordid but blessedly brief marriage, Sonja Pfeiffer heads north onto highway 63 to begin a clerical job at the tar sands plant near Fort McMurray. Up there she will finally earn the big bucks to give herself what she has always wanted - flying lessons. When, after only a few days in her new digs she meets Pete, an air traffic controller on temporary assignment, Sonja believes her stars are surely now aligned. And the proof - Pete has his own airplane. And he likes her. A lot.
But so does agreeable and devoted Connor, hotshot soon-to-be DC3 pilot at the local charter company - and scatter-brained Randy, Sonja's beguiling flying instructor, newly arrived in town with his own laundry basket full of come-ons and shortcomings.
Along with new friend Annie, from Newfoundland who carries a burden of over-sized baggage of her own, Sonja takes flight on a journey of betrayal, grief, and a hangar full of kerosene-fueled choices.