As the troop train leaves the station carrying Aron on his way to enlist in the army, Adam collapses in Cal's arms. The doctor diagnoses a stroke, leaving Adam totally paralyzed on his left side and partially paralyzed on the right, and will say only that he could live for another year but that he could die that very night. Sheriff Sam (Burl Ives) suggests that Cal, like Cain, should go away someplace. Abra (Julie Harris) and Cal go into Adam's room and, after kicking out a rather obnoxious nurse, Cal attempts to talk to him but gets no response. Rejected once again, Cal leaves the room. Alone with Adam, Abra starts talking at him, telling him how Cal has lived all his life feeling unloved. She begs him to ask Cal for something, some small sign to make him feel loved and needed, but Abra gets no response. She leaves the room and tries to convince Cal to go back in and try once more to talk to his father. Cal re-enters the room, leaving Abra in the hall to find something for the nurse to read. Abra then goes in Adam's room and finds Cal kneeling on the floor beside his bed, talking to him about choices. When the obnoxious nurse sticks her head in the room to ask about coffee, Cal bellows at her, "Get out!" Abra notices that Adam's lips are trying to move. "Cal", he whispers, "do something for me. That nurse...can't stand her...get rid of her." He then whispers into Cal's ear, "Don't get anybody else...you stay...you take care of me." Finally feeling wanted, Cal walks over to the door, kisses Abra, takes a chair, and goes to sit next to Adam's bedside. In the final scene, Abra exits the room, leaving Cal and his father to sit together.