Sgt. Ed Brown decides to go through with the surgical procedure that will hopefully restore mobility to his legs. The procedure involves the a process where his nerves will be reconnected in a procedure invented by Dr. Ritter as well as an infusion of polypeptides administered by Dr. Paul Hunter. However, a complication arises when the daughter of Dr. Ritter, the man who will be performing the surgery, is kidnapped by someone who was hired by the person who wants to see Ed dead. Also, Chief Ironside has flashbacks to the events surrounding his own paralysis and ...
Dr. Hunter is alone in his suspicions that a highly respected surgeon is making risky choices during operations. Dr. Craig is distracted by the financial end of running a hospital to give the matter his full attention and a life threatening case escalates the situation.
Julie Garner is a pregnant, thirty-something wife who longs for a child. But a heart condition means any pregnancy may result in her death. Drs. Hunter and (Belasco?) present the couple with an alternative: Would Mrs. Garner be willing to allow them to transplant her present embryo into another woman's uterus? Mrs. Garner nominates her kid sister to be the surrogate, and the operation is a success. But, in short order, the sisters fall out.
Dr. Cohen is interested in a relationship with Valerie, a nurse, unaware that she is already in one with a woman named Eleanor. Valerie starts seeing a psychiatrist to help her deal with her feelings. Professionally Dr. Cohen tries to find out why a young woman was admitted due to a drug overdose.
Dr. Hunter interacts with cancer patients with different attitudes toward their disease which are not always commensurate with the patients' prognoses while dealing with medical professionals not always in alignment with the doctor.
Janice, a TV reporter, incurs permanent paralysis during a speedboat accident. Facing a future she finds hopeless, the quality of her life and medical care is debated by her husband, her doctor, and a hospital review board. The ultimate decision though belongs to Janice.
Marcus, a hemophiliac, requires an appendectomy and falls under the care if Dr. Hunter. The doctor learns the disease has led to his father being estranged and his mother overprotective, so he becomes over involved to give Marcus a bit of normality.