In the midst of the divisive 1960s civil rights conflicts, a young pediatric resident, Carl Wiggles, has remained unaffected by those events until his new interns bring the conflicts to his pediatric ward. The interns, one a Jewish female from Missouri and the other a Baptist from Mississippi, take opposite viewpoints on every issues related to civil rights. Fortunately, Carl has developed a relationship with a black hospital janitor, James, who serves as the young doctor's sounding board and helps Carl understand why his interns argue. From the stress of caring for very ill infants and children, relationships between the young doctors gradually change as they learn how complicated their tasks are during a time of social upheaval. Carl Wiggles, through the influence of James, finally recognizes that he cannot remain uninvolved and should make a personal commitment to improving children's health. At the end, while trying to save a critically ill infant's life, the young doctors ignore each other's beliefs and work together to be successful in saving the infant's life. Just as the doctors found, James and Carl agree that the same is true for people of all races and religions.