Mrs. Whipple is delighted when her son, Granville, returns home after being away for 12 years. Wounded in the Civil War, Granville earned a medal for heroism and has been left with a permanent limp for which he is strongly addicted to pain killers - morphine being his favourite. When he tries, unsuccessfully, to gain medication from Doc Baker, he breaks into his surgery and steals it instead.
It is soon obvious that the man is suffering PTSD after the death of his friend in combat, and his addiction to strong medication has a permanent hold on him.
His death brings about release for himself and his mother as well as lays his ghosts to rest once and for all.