Florence Nightingale is Steven Ransome's nickname for shy student Nurse Maria Veretti. It is ironic that it is love for Steven himself that puts her nursing career in jeopardy - for he is a patient in the very hospital where she is training, and fraternisation is forbidden at the Western Chest hospital! Romantic tender-hearted Maria is inclined to count the world well lost for love - but what of Steven? Can her devotion win the battle not only against the beautiful woman who holds his heart. but against his loss of the will to live?