THE START OF A NEW DAY
Conrad has been back from mental hospital for a month. He's trying to start the day.
Calvin thinks about fatherhood. He finds it dificult to take good care of his children. Conrad isn't recovered yet, although his family expects it to happen soon.
When Lazenby doesn't show up, Conrad fears his illness could come back. Conrad, Stillman, Lazenby and van Buren are talking while they are going to school. They fool Conrad. In school he isn't popular amongst teachers, he likes to be left alone. In the swimmingteam is no place for lazy people. Conrad promised to swim again. In the choir, where's he needed, he meets two girls. He comes home, all alone, after a short time his mother comes in and he tells her about the swimmingteam. He's worn out.
Calvin meets Beth. They talk about the past. Beth wants to live an ordinary life like any ordinary people. Calvin thinks it's to difficult because of Conrad. In the office, Ray and Calvin prepare the meeting with Mr. Sandlin. After the preparation, Ray and Calvin talk about their children. Cal tells Ray he lost his son Jordan last year.
AT THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE
Conrad goes to Mr. Berger who looks like a monkey and asks Conrad al lot of questions. Conrad doesn't feel comfortable and he has to come back twice a week.
THE THOUGHTS OF CALVIN
In his office, Calvin is thinking about last night. He had a terrible fight with his wife. A second thought was how his study and career started. Also he thought about the death of his mother, Bacon and his son Jordan.
Conrad meets Karen, a girl from the hospital. They talk about their recovery. Karen wants to meet him another time, soon...
Cal and Beth are going to the Murray's for a dinner. Cal didn't like Phil that much. When they come home, Conrad already sleeps.
Conrad has a mathstest. That night he has a nightmare about last Christmas. Berger wants to help him to convince that he must better take tranquilizers and stop swimming. Conrad didn't like swimming anyway.
Conrad overhears his friends talking about him after swimmingpractise. They show their doubts about him, so he decides to quit swimming.
ORDINARY PEOPLE AFTER ALL?
Beth wants everything to be perfect. Since Jordan's accident she has changed. Cal thinks it goes better with Conrad. He wants to give Conrad a car. Con comes home with good results for trig. Ordenary people after all?
Conrad is going to buy Christmaspresents. After that he went to see Berger. They had a conversation about Con's feelings, he isn't able to show them. Berger tries to explain this feelings. On the way home, Conrad walks over with Jeanine. They talked about all sorts of things. Con is relaxed. He thinks about his brother. First time he feels no pain.
Conrad is going to buy a Christmastree, which is twelve feet high. Later that day he has a terrible fight with Beth. She's angry because she heard from others that Con has quited swimming. Con is furious.
Conrad feels lonely. He tells Berger that he doesn't want to make it up with his mother. According to Berger he has to forgive himself for some troubels he's causing
Last Christmas was very nice. Ellen and Howard are going to visit them this year. Conrad is gonna get a car.
Conrad is thinking a lot and makes notes about school. He went to the library and chose some books. He's also going to visit Berger again for a talk.
Conrad celebrates his birthday and he had also a really nice conversation with Berger.
Conrad has a testweek. Later that day he calls Karen. She isn't home. Then he calls Jeanine and he asked if she likes to go with him on a date.
THE NEW SECRETARY
Ray and Cal took a new secretary. Her name is Sandy. They talk about Christmas when Calvin lost Con in the undergound at the airport.
After visiting Berger, he went to Jeanine. They went bowling and had a meal at McDonalds.
Beth likes to go to the tournament with Ward and Audrey. Cal thinks about the time when they were in Granada and the fact he never had an affair and why he never wanted one. Beth wouldn't accept it.
Con feels bad when one of the guys talks about Buck, bad things. When Con walks around with his friends, he suddenly gets into a fight with Kevin Stillman. He's afraid to be punished. Lazenby talks to him, but Con can't share his feelings. He's afraid to hear the voices again.
Con drove behind a slow driver. At home he slept on the couch. Cal woke him up and Con tells him about the fight with Stillman.
ANOTHER DATE WITH JEANINE
Con goes to his grandparents, because Cal and Beth are going to Beth's brother with the plane. Con doesn't like it at all, because his grandparents live in an old-fashioned way. He picks up Jeanine and went to her house. They had to babysit on Mike. Con helps her with her problems, about her mother's new boyfriend.
A NORMAL TALK
Cal is playing golf with his friends and they talk about their children. He thinks about Buck ( page 104 ). He doesn't talk to Beth, he talks to Sissi all evening. Beth doesn't want to talk about Con, she wants a normal life like normal people.
A VERY BAD DREAM
Conrad came home at 1.30 at night. Grandmother really doesn't like that. That night Con feels ill. He doesn't sleep very well and he also has nightmares, about Karen who killed herself in her car. That morning he drives to school, earlier than usual, but first he goes to Berger.
Conrad visits Berger, he cries a lot. There's something he can't tell him. After the talk Con wants to see him again tomorrow. At home he thinks about Buck while he takes a shower.
STILL ON HOLYDAY
Cal, Beth and a few friends are still on holyday. Cal and Beth have a fight. Cal wants to make it up.
Conrad makes an illusion. Cal and Beth are back home.
CON'S EVENING WITH JEANINE
Jeanine tells Con that Suzanne loves him, but they went to bed together. Jeanine tells Con about her past.
Beth wants to go to Europe alone. Con asks Cal why he had a fight with Beth. He loves his parents.
CONRAD: - mentally ill - need routine to start the day - swims - thinks very much about his dead brother ( Jordan/Buck ) - tried to commit suicide ( cut his wrists ) - only feels at ease at the choir
CALVIN: - attorney; orphan; Conrad's father - problems with being a father - blames himself for what's going on with Conrad
BETH: - Conrad's mother - doesn't blame herself - doesn't really talk with Calvin - wants life to be ordinary
BERGER: - psychiatrist
DICK VAN BUREN: fellow students
CRAWFORD: - doctor in the hospital
JEANINE PRATT: - soprano in the choir; redhead; long hair; blue eyes
GAIL NOONAN: - soprano
SALAN: - swim coach
FAUGHAN: - leader of the choir
JORDAN/BUCK: - drowned in a lake; Con's brother
DR. BRANDT: - doctor
SANDLIN: - Cal's collegue
RAY: - Cal's friend and partner
HOWARD: - Beth's father
KAREN: - a girl who Conrad met in the hospital; good friends
FAMILY MURRAY: - friends of Calvin and Beth
ED AND MARTY GENTHE: friends
MAC AND ANN KLINE:
LYNN SEARLES: - had an affair with Ray
NANCY HANLEY: - Ray's wife
MR SIMMONS: - a maths teacher
SUZANNE: - a student whose in Conrad's class
ANN LANDERS: - Ray hates her, but Calvin doesn't
CAROLE LAZENBY: - she looks like a farmgirl; Joe's mother
JOHN LAZENBY: - Carol's husband
KATY LAZENBY: - " daughter
GIDDY: - empty girl with hidden energy
SANDY: - the new secretary
MIKE: - Jeanine's brother
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