Into the Abyss by Carol Shaben tells the story of a 1984 plane crash a remote area of Alberta, Canada–a crash which killed 6 people and left four survivors. The survivors–the pilot, a politician, a police officer and the prisoner he was escorting–were all injured and forced to survive in the bitter cold of a Canadian winter night. The young pilot, Erik Vogel, was overworked, exhausted and hesitant to accept the flight due to the weather, but fear of losing his job caused him to agree. Larry Shaben was a Cabinet Minister flying home to his small, remote home town. Scott Deschamps was a RCMP officer escorting Paul Archambault, a small-time criminal. In the immediate aftermath of the crash, Archambault, the least injured, must decide whether to help the other more seriously injured survivors or try to make an escape to avoid his legal issues. The book follows the lives of the survivors and the impact the crash has had upon their lives and on their relationships with each other. This is a compelling narrative about survival, the issues and safety regulations (or the lack of them) that face small commuter airlines and the transformative power of a near-death experience.