When a coal mine collapses, Dr. Brown rushes to the scene, along with Edna, Linda (recurring guest star Marcia Cross) and Dr. Abbott. One of the miners, Will Cleveland (recurring guest star James Earl Jones - The Great White Hope, Field of Dreams), is a jazz pianist who has recently become Ephram's mentor. Another, Daniel Sullivan (Beau Bridges - The Second Civil War), lives next door to Dr. Abbott, who has attempted to thwart Sullivan's outrageous building plans. And the third victim is Ellie Beels (Kirsten Nelson - The West Wing), who has been trying to conceive a baby. Dr. Brown, Dr. Abbott and Linda utilize their special skills under terrible conditions, but it is Dr. Brown who must confront his biggest fears in order to save lives.