"Parental profligacy, immorality, ignorance, accident, and a hundred other pre-natal influences produce physical and mental distortions in a child....Spiritual restrictions forced upon an enquiring mind, with a view of preventing it from overstepping dogmatic limits, produce upon the soul a disfigurement in growth as tangible and real, as if they were surgical appliances purposely designed to effect such horrible shapes..."
Fredrick Winterleigh passes when attempting to save a child's life. He finds himself on a slope watching people pass from the mists, being assisted by others. Once he discovers that he has passed, he is introduced to the beautiful reality of the "land of surprises" - the spirit world. He learn his first lesson about the reality of heaven, which is vastly different to what we are taught on Earth.