Belle Gardner leaves her family to care for a dear friend who is extremely ill. When her home remedies fail to produce a cure for Mrs. Stribling, Belle reluctantly seeks the help of George Jepson, a vilified physician’s apprentice who returned home to Clover Creek in disgrace.
If George Jepson and the doctor who was training him hadn’t been drinking while caring for a patient back east, perhaps they could have saved the lady’s life. All George wants to do now is hide above his parent’s mercantile and fight the desire to drown his self-revulsion with alcohol. When Belle comes begging for help with Mrs. Stribling, though, George can’t turn her down.
As Belle witnesses George’s compassion and tenderness for helping sick people, and the desire to change his life, she encourages him to seek better medical training. Will George believe in himself once again, have the steadfastness to improve his life, and win the heart of Belle?