Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900 - 1944) - Night Flight (1931)


Fabien, an airmail pilot of the Patagonia Mail has to deliver mail in Argentina during a cyclone. Rivière, his boss, tells him to fly that night, thereby endangering him. Rivière feels responsible for having sent Fabien on this risky flight, and keeps radio contact with him. Fabien's wife is waiting, too. The situation becomes more and more dangerous. Then the radio messages cease, and Rivière can't do anything but try to calculate when Fabien's aircraft will crash. The plot ends there, but it is almost certain that Fabien has died.