A man in his early twenties visits a florist and a licensed grocer in preparation to attend a Dinner Dance with a girl he hardly knows. Ian moved to the city when his father died and his mother sold the farm, his mother moved overseas, they write twice a month. Ian lives with his grandmother who will give him helpful advice.
In 1957 he works at the university with the maintenance team he is highly thought off, he likes his job. He is called to the university after hours as students are holding a demonstration in an old derelict building, it starts to collapse and Ian is called to quickly make a safe exit for the students.
The Dinner Dance did not go as expected, he meets Heather Kenzie and they strike up a friendship. Ian dislikes Justin O’Connor Heather’s boyfriend, summing him up privately as a bad tempered untrustworthy drunk. Ian misses his chance to get Heather’s home phone number at the coffee shop where couples were meeting after the Dance, as his date is sick in his car. He spends an hour cleaning his car, at his friend’s petrol station. His friend invites him home to tell about Heather, later that day he calls Heather at the only phone number he has, her work, told that It would not be a good idea to get to know each other. As she had told Justin she would stand by him as he had promised to attend counselings.
An old girlfriend of twelve month ago phones Ian to let him know that his date for the dinner dance was in hospital, they take flowers and Ian is rebuked by the attending doctor, for allowing his date to drink so much. The girl’s mother asks him to leave.
Justin punches Ian at the university, Ian responds and knocks Justin to the floor.
Ian is a friend that when asked to help with something that someone is having difficulties with, he will do the job for them, in turn his friends help him with emotional matters.
Justin and one of Ian’s friends are campaigning for president of the student union, Ian assists his friend with information, and practical help.
Ian asks Heather to attend a first birthday for his friend’s daughter, Heather accepts and they fall in love.
Ian is described as a play boy of sorts to Heather’s parents, they are wary of him.
Ian realises he needs to change, he asks to join the engineering course at university, also asking to work part time and sells his sports car.
He asks Heather to marry him, Heather accepts and they meet his mother at the airport, and start arranging their engagement party.