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 is stuck in a rural veteran's hospital, struggling with bad news about his injury. Then he meets a new orderly - a young conscientious objector called Andrew Raynes.
Read by: Anton Lesser
Abridged by Eileen Horne
Produced by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.