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 pursues Andrew to London, furious with Ralph for betraying him and unable to accept that things are over with Andrew - only to discover a potentially fatal misunderstanding.
Reader: Anton Lesser
Abridged by Eileen Horne
Produced by Clive Brill
A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.