Centers around Rayford Steele, a middle-aged pilot; Hattie Durham, the "drop-dead gorgeous" flight attendant; Steele's 19-year-old daughter Cloe; reporter Cameron "Buck" Williams; and pastor Bruce Barnes. A respectable, married, half-hearted churchgoer, Steele has been sparking after stewardess Hattie. Sitting there in the 747 cockpit, he is feeling estranged from his goodly wife Irene, described as "a full-fledged religious fanatic." She has lately become absorbed in end-times theology. Saved people aren't good people, Irene has often explained, they're just forgiven, and the Lord is coming soon to collect His own. Just then a hysterical Hattie rushes in to tell Captain Steele that "people are missing" from the plane. "Their shoes, their socks, their clothes, everything was left behind. These people are gone!" How many are missing from the jumbo jet? "Dozens"! Across the world, "millions" have disappeared. The writing is according to a detailed apocalyptic chronology, drawn from Thessalonians where it says "the dead in Christ shall rise first," that between the Rapture and the Second Coming is an interlude when those remaining have a shot at salvation. Armageddon, it develops, has come down to a clash between the ancient forces of evil, and a core group of Christians holed up in suburban America. Jenkins shows how ordinary people might still be tempted to doubt or indeed to side with the Antichrist. He has CNN covering each new calamity, all the reporters but Buck in the thrall of the Antichrist, and the Beast himself (as yet unaware of his own identity, a nice touch) being named People's "Sexiest Man Alive." Jenkins envisions a suave and sensitive Antichrist surrounded by fawning aides and admirers. Hattie throughout the story needs much ministering and by the end of Soul Harvest is carrying Nicolae's baby-presenting the ultimate hard case and the opportunity for her own redemption.