1. When Kate left Yakima, do you think she was running away from her past or moving toward her future? Similarly Paul ran from tragic circumstances to Alaska. Why do you think he and Kate chose Alaska? And do you think running from our heartaches (at least temporarily) can sometimes be a good thing? Why or why not?
2. Do you believe chasing after far-fetched dreams is something to be admired or to be considered foolhardy? Why? What does it say about Kate’s personality that she took off on her own with high hopes but a vague plan?
3. Sassa said Paul wasn’t the right choice for Kate. Who do you think really belongs together? Are you happy with Kate’s choice?
4. In the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, being a bush pilot was extremely dangerous. Why do you think pilots chose to fly the Alaskan Territory? Can you see yourself doing something that would consistently test your courage and skill? If so, what would it be?
5. Jack gave Kate a hard time. What do you think was at the core of his behavior? If you were Kate, how would you have handled the situation?
6. Nena was afraid to fly, Paul was afraid to face his past, and Kate feared failure. Fear can have a profound effect on our lives. What is the best way to face our fears? If we give in to fear, are the results always negative?
7. Kate decided that flying was all she needed. How do you feel about this? Can a career be enough?
8. Kate can’t forgive herself for Alison’s death. She believes being an exceptional pilot will help wipe away the guilt. Can achievements ever truly offer absolution?
9. When Paul and Kate go clam digging, it marks a change in their relationship. Do you remember a first date with someone who turned out to be “the one”? Would you like to share?
10. Paul blames himself and God for his wife’s and son’s death. Why do people blame God for tragedies? And why do you think God allows such misfortunes?
11. Kate faced the most difficult of circumstances when her plane goes down, but she keeps her wits about her. How do you react in a crisis? Do you have a story you’d like to share about an emergency you’ve faced?
12. When Paul and Mike search for Kate, Paul prays, something he hasn’t done in a long while. We are often like Paul and wait to talk to God only when we feel there’s no other choice. What do you think the most common reason is to make him our last choice?
13. What is your favorite scene and who is your favorite character?