Lois Melville; Dr. Edward J. Courtney; Cyril Kennard; Eugene Grover; Bob Randall; Mr. Melville; Mrs. Melville
Lois visits psychiatrist Dr. Edward. As a child, her drunken father beat her and her mother. As an adult, she became a nurse and fell in love with Cyril, but accidentally reveals the formula to his new anesthetic and ruins him financially. She and patient Eugene fall in love, but she bungles during an operation and he’s blinded. Her next boyfriend Bob dies in a diving accident. Lois feels guilty but her sessions with Edward cure her. When Edward proposes marriage, she’s afraid she’ll subconsciously harm him. Edward puts her to a risky test and she passes, so they can now wed.
Spencer Hastings; Agatha Cauldwell; Tubby; Mary Vaughn; Sarah Hastings; Mr. Hastings; Mrs. Cauldwell
Wealthy Spencer is engaged to society girl Agatha. At his bachelor party, Spencer criticizes singer Mary and she makes a scene in the club and is fired as a result. Spencer fixes this and they fall in love. Agatha accuses Mary of being a fortune-hunter and this results in a catfight in the same club. Spencer realizes Mary is more of a lady than the upper-class Agatha and that Mary is the one he wants as a wife.
Elisabeth Warwick; Giles [Lord Dorset]; Captain Stuart Mallory; Robert [Duke of Carcester]; Malcolm [Lord Atwood]
In 1729, highborn Elizabeth pits her many suitors against each other. She falls in love with Robert, governor of Barbados, and sails there with him. On the island, Elizabeth realizes Robert is cold at heart, and she falls in love with Malcolm, a bond-slave. Malcolm joins a revolt and agrees to kill Elizabeth himself but allows her to escape instead. Learning Robert plans to wipe out the rebels, Elizabeth returns to warn them. Malcolm kills Robert and the escaped slaves sail off to freedom in America; Elizabeth accompanies Malcom to begin a new life.
Relatively rare example of a period setting in a romance comic.
Ann Kennedy; Thomas Kennedy; Mrs. Kennedy; Miss DeVille; Christopher van Shilling; Count Jacques Dupré
Annie grows up rich and spoiled. She becomes engaged to wealthy Christopher, then discovers her father has gone broke. Christopher breaks their engagement and Annie sails to Europe to find a rich husband. She falls in love with French count Jacques, then learns he plans to give away his castle and fortune to help poor people harmed by the war. When Annie protests, Jacques breaks up with her. Annie learns poor people deserve decent lives and when the castle catches fire, she risks her life to help Jacques escape. They reconcile and will dedicate their lives to doing good.