'Infancy (from the Latin infantia, meaning ‘the inability to speak’) can be seen as a time between pure language and human language and as such is unknowable to us.'
Dr. Maxwell Morley, is a respected chest physician who has devoted his life to his work. When he diagnoses the heavily pregnant Lilian with tuberculosis she is put in an isolation ward; the baby is removed at birth and later dispatched to a children’s home.
Unsure of his diagnosis and fearing professional ruin he frequently visits the now motherless child Lily, drawing the Matron of the children’s home into his quest to ‘save’ the infant. She observes Dr. Morley’s rather unusual behaviour with interest at first and later with dismay, as he becomes increasingly obsessional in his identification with the baby as a wordless being.
Meanwhile, Lilian and her husband Joe fight back against the medical establishment hoping to see their child again, setting off a chain of events that will put everyone in jeopardy.