Until the patient’s death, Agnes Leahy had been a special nurse for Mrs. Marvin Mason; afterwards, Agnes took on the assignment of caring for the widower, who was ill of a serious but operable heart condition and who needed to overcome his depression and sense of loss before he would be ready for surgery.
Fortunately, his hospital room gave him a view of Polka Dot Island in the Bay, where he had a home and where he had spent many happy years; and this, plus Agnes’ soothing ministrations, promised to build up his strength. The nurse, however, had worries unknown to the old man: concern lest his son, the apple of his eye, who had been mysteriously burned and come to Agnes for treatment, be the arsonist responsible for an epidemic of local fires.
Agnes felt her duty to the patient lay in concealing her suspicions. On the other hand, she was in love with the deputy sheriff, who had a right to know.
She had to choose between a dashing playboy surgeon and a rugged country doctor.
A career in a big-city hospital…marriage to a brilliant, popular surgeon — or a life of service to the Indians and lumbermen of the rugged timber country…and the thrill of working beside a virile, dedicated young doctor?
As Nurse Rheva Rayburn hesitates between two ways of life, drama and mystery explode — and in a night of crisis and terror, she makes her fateful choice.
A master surgeon healed both her body and her heart.
“You mean you’ll cut off my foot?”
“I’ll have to do it to save your life.”
Denise Burke’s eyes flashed with scornful anger. “I don’t believe it. You’re wrong and I know you’re wrong. Remember, I’m a nurse! Wire my friend Dr. Curtis Steele in New York. Please see him before you operate.”
The day went by in pain and suspense. Just before midnight Dr. Curt’s reply came:FLYING TONIGHT. HOLD OPERATION. KEEP FIGHTING. BE SEEING YOU.
Denise slept at last, the telegram under her pillow.
Here is a hospital story with a difference, for it is set on a Burmese island where one white doctor and two nurses, with a native staff, waged a ceaseless war against tropical diseases, parasites and an utterly exhausting climate. Pat found it hard going in any case…but much more so when she fell in love with the doctor whose only feeling for her seemed to be intense irritation.
Nurse Lorena must choose between two men — a crusading doctor and his enemy. How can she decide — when she loves them both?
Tragedy had struck! Lorena read it in Deke’s glazed eyes.
He had lost his battle to clean up River Street. And failure could mean an epidemic. As Deke’s office nurse — and the woman he loved — Lorena had to help him.
There was just one way.
The one who could save him was Beat Wetherill, the richest man in town. Lorena would go to him — and plead.
But she was asking for trouble.
Beat Wetherill — once Deke’s friend — was now his enemy.
And he was irresistibly attractive…