John Reilly could be the pseudonym of any modern airline pilot. Fatigued from overwork and dismayed by relentless cost cutting, Captain Reilly finds himself developing an unhelpful aversion to the very people who pay his salary: passengers and managers. Riding with the Captain on a typical flight, we watch as he struggles with the challenges facing today's airline pilot: staying awake, keeping crew food down, fending off flirtatious cabin crew and completing the crossword before landing.

But, forced to work away from home, Captain Reilly encounters a new challenge: how to prevent his family life deteriorating faster than the once respected profession that still pays his bills.

The Life of Captain Reilly is a shocking but hilarious insider tale of the modern airline that reveals the industry's greatest secret: glamour doesn't fly anymore.