"Her family have departed. They have all departed. All of them. All Maori.
She is the last and now she too waits to depart."
and what remains is a story which foreshadows the possibility of ethnic cleansing in New Zealand.
Set in a potential future in Wellington's International Departure Lounge. As her boarding call nears, a battle weary Mary finds the flight is delayed. She is confronted by the despairing Peter, bringing with him revelations of why her family have departed. Mary is joined by others, Solomon, an anxious young man who awaits his first flight abroad; Ana, a restless young cleaner who has finished her dayshift and the worldly wise traveller Imlah, who awaits her own flight.