Maggie returns to England after 18 months nursing in Beirut. She is engaged to a doctor but has returned home for a visit to reflect while doing some private nursing in London.
She has been experiencing neck pains following a car accident, but doesn’t think anything of it. One morning, having returned to London and nursing, Maggie is found unconscious in the hotel room of a patient she was nursing.  She becomes paralysed and is admitted to Stoke Mandeville hospital and then the hostel as she does not wish to return home or go into one of the Cheshire or other homes.