The author (Helen) had her fifteen-year friend Nicola from Sydney staying in her spare room in Melbourne for three weeks. Nicola was there for a Vitamin C Treatment claiming to cure her cancer, while Helen had to care for her.
Nicola had never been married and had no children. She was what called Bohemian.
She was obsessed with alternative treatments and theories, even they all seemed to be deceptive to Helen. The side effects of the treatment gave Nicola a lot of bad nights but she made herself believed that it was the proof of the cancer being reduced, while at the same time, Helen had to spend all those sleepless nights taking care of Nicola and holding back to not hurt Nicola by pointing out the truth of the false treatment.
The days went on until Helen could no longer stand and confronted Nicola. Helen pushed her to face the truth: She was going to die.