Copernicus (Nick) H. Stringfellow is a very tall but otherwise average-looking man. While driving through in Washington, Nick picks up a hitchhiker, Molly, who claims she is sixteen, although Nick can tell that she probably isn’t any older than thirteen.
Nick has a conversation with Molly and convinces her to go back to her home, which is a tenement complex in a pretty run-down area. Molly’s mom is worn out and tired and unemployed. Nick pulls out a roll of bills and tells Molly’s mom to just love her daughter and guarantees her a job with a friend of his. Good deed accomplished!
Nick arrives at Harborview Hospital and consults with Theodore S. Furney, M.D., the medical director. Dr. Furney, an old friend, offers many positions to Nick, but Nick would like the position of Nurse-At-Large. Dr. Furney believes