Polly Talbot is well educated but rather plain compared to her twin sisters. She works for Sir Ronald, typing up his manuscript on Greek and Roman history. Sam Gervis takes on the project after Ronald's death, and Polly moves into his home he can oversee her work. While living there, she realizes there's more to life than her rural lifestyle and decides to become a nurse. It will get her away from Sam, as well, who is very severe with her and would never be interested in a plain girl like her when he's engaged to a beauty like Deirdre. They can't get away from each other so easily, however, as Sam works as a doctor in the same hospital.