As his fragile newborn baby Emily remains in intensive care and, with his wife Ellen seriously ill, Brian is suddenly faced with the possibility of losing both of them. Emily's primary nurse, Claire, a young divorced mother with two girls of her own, ends up taking care of the parents as well as the child. However, Ellen continues to feel poorly until the heartbreaking moment when she is diagnosed as having an untreatable malignancy in her lungs and ribs. Devastated but with Claire's growing help and involvement, Brian and Ellen begin to prepare for the worst. Seeing the warm way in which Brian and Claire comfort each other, amazingly Ellen plans for little Emily to still have a mother and father.