As a child an army officer transmitted a virus to his younger brother that left him mentally handicapped and led to his death. Now he refuses to accept that his oldest son may have minimal brain damage in case it turns out to be his fault.
A young college student who has become a paraplegic from spinal meningitis alternates between confidence and despair until she falls in love with a fellow rehab patient who used to be a truck driver in Colorado.
Ever since a car accident killed his wife and crippled his son, Dr. Val Peterson's life has centered on his work and surgeries to get his son walking again. His engagement to Marilyn Hoffman is not for love and the question becomes why.
Marcus takes on the case of a real estate salesman who has a stroke on an airplane just before it lands in Southern California. Feeling the man needs family support in addition to the care and therapy he's getting in the hospital, Marcus tries to get his estranged wife and daughter to visit him.
Dr. Justin Garvey has been appointed Chief of Surgery at Lang Memorial partially on Welby's recommendation but he refuses to acknowledge his increasing infirmities which would probably lead to his retirement.
Welby accompanies a flying physician to a reserve 200 miles east of LA when a young man slips into a diabetic coma. Bad weather forces the plane to make a crash landing on the way home and the group waits for rescue without radio contact.