By Mary Renault
After an injury at Dunkirk, Laurie Odell is sent to a veterans' hospital to convalesce. There he befriends Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly. But when Ralph, a mentor from his school days, reappears in his life, Laurie is forced to choose between the sweet ideals of innocence and the distinct pleasures of experience.
Laurie goes to a party at a stranger's flat, where he re-encounters his school mentor Ralph Lanyon - and discovers that he played a vital part in his recent life as well.
Read by: Anton Lesser
Abridged by Eileen Horne
Produced by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.