Stephanie, a world-famous violinist suddenly afflicted with crippling multiple sclerosis. Forced to watch helplessly while her talent ebbs away, Stephanie discovers that her marriage is crumbling, too, when her composer-conductor husband (Alan Bates) escapes into an affair with his secretary.
Convinced that her life is worthless without her talent, Stephanie drifts into bitterness and isolation. She ignores the advice of her psychiatrist and continues on her self-destructive course. Alone and desperate, she finally has no choice but to confront and conquer her despair -- or die trying.