The protagonist is living in a sunny villa on a hill. All (or almost all) other people have voluntarily "beamed up" to a supposedly better place, but he's hesitating about whether to follow them. He boards a self-piloting boat that takes him to the place where people are "beamed up" - a blasted landscape - where he finds a goat tied up. He tries to rescue it, but gets too close to the beam-up location and is taken.
I think this is a short story, but it may be a novel. I read it no more recently than the 1960's so it must be at least that old. I don't believe there was any dialog, although there may have been a girl who accompanied him to the beam-up site.