A light plane carrying a group of kids from the far west of the state to Sydney for the upcoming state Eisteddfod crashes at the city outskirts. The pilot is dead and many of the kids seriously injured. Of course the All Saints Emergency Department receives its share of casualties, among others, a boy with major head injuries, a girl with severe internal bleeding, and a boy with a crushed spinal column. Frank, Vincent, Jack, Charlotte and the nursing staff move swiftly to save lives and limbs. Cate finds herself assigned to the kids' teacher and ex Christian Brother Bob Smith, Smitty for short. Suffering close to 90% burns, Smitty declares himself Not For Resuscitation, advising Cate to concentrate on saving the kids. Meanwhile, Vincent's undergoing a series of counselling sessions in which he addresses some fundamental issues of his own. As the ED's hectic day wears on, one child is lost while another faces life as a paraplegic, and a good man dies.