A distinctly personal, lightly (but not flippantly) toned account of one girl's long siege against infantile paralysis at the Michael Reese hospital in Chicago, this concentrates on human interest rather than inspirational importance. Noreen, who was about to get married to her ""Pelleas"" (who was later to be killed in action) came down with the bulbar type of polio (which affects the head, neck and lungs), was later to be infected by the virus which also affects the limbs. From the early days of intense pain, to the later, long months of recuperation and treatment, this recaptures the day by day life within hospital walls which is so often absorbing to the patient -- the treatments (Kenny- hot packs -- exercises -- etc.), the social life which widened as she progressed, her own absence of interest in occupational therapy but recovery of religious faith, the visits from the outside world, and finally home. An authentic, informal, non-literary record of an experience.