Dr. Hans Loeb, an up-and-coming biochemist at the Malcolm-Dean Medical Center in the small town of Mercer, has always been strong about his feelings towards science and family, inheriting his love for science from his father, Gunther, himself a respected biochemist in his own right. At Hartington Hospital, at the beginning of his career, he met Alicia Foster, a young woman who had just graduated from nursing school. After the death of Gunther, who had been paralyzed for a couple of years, Dr. Loeb’s determination to find a cure for paralysis brought him to the Malcolm-Dean Medical Center, as well as an unfortunate end to his relationship with Alicia. But little did Hans know that a secret from his parents’ past would put his views on family in an unexpected new light.