Without his job at the hospital, Clay would be lost. The hard work, the struggles of the patients, the drama in the ER- they make his days seem worth something and five focus to his dream of someday becoming a doctor. Clay can't afford to go away to college like the rest of his class, but what other seventeen-year-old has delivered a baby, or helped save a life?
Still, Clay wishes his life could be more like his best friend's. Joey has it all- a great family, a good college waiting for him at the end of the summer, money, a car. Clay has to bike everywhere, and the miles are starting to wear him down.
But Joey's bright future shatters one day when he overdoses at a party. Now he's clinging to life at the hospital where Clay works- and Clay may be blamed for his condition. Tension and emotion rise as those who love Joey gather and wait. Clay will do whatever he can to find out what happened at that party, and to help Joey recover. But to survive this ordeal, Clay must draw on a strength he never knew he had.