Amid the looming political crisis in Hawaii, Rafe Easton faces one of the worst crisis he's ever known. As a man of determination, independence, and masculine pursuits he suddenly becomes blind and his world ends. Pride causes him to abandon the upcoming marriage to Eden Derington and seek medical care in San Francisco. Through an associate he sends a letter to Eden telling her he left Honolulu to find himself again. When he never hears from her again he settles into the belief that he was right all along; a helpless man is a bag of bricks around a woman's neck.