A world-travelling airline hostess' own story of flying, this cheerful, often-amusing tale will be of special interest to women readers. Miss Waterman, daughter of a World War I pilot, and a stewardess from 1949 until a few years ago, states a romantic and near-mystical premise for her career. It has to do with an ""island"" of imagination all aviators know about, a place just beyond the next stop which holds for them the potential of adventure. And it is also, of course, the rarefied, empty world they travel in thousands of feet above Earth. Pursuing that ""island"", this girl's named life took her across the U.S., down to Mexico, and on to the romantic world of the Far East. She tells the story of that life, of the day-to-day episodes, mishaps, and occasional tension it produces, with throughout respect for her job and for her fellow airline employees. And whether the scene be a teeming Oriental city or near-deserted Midway Island, she finds something of value to see and report to her readers. A very pleasant little book, with plus interest for young adults.