Matthew “Doc” Desmond

Avuncular fleet surgeon, medical adviser to the admiral and his staff — and amateur psychiatrist. He runs an informal counseling service out of his stateroom, where many of the fleet leaders — Kate Mahoney among them — come for clinical advice, to seek refuge from the constant stress of operations, or just to vent in a safe place. But the kindly doc suffers from his own deep-seeded turmoil. To whom does the counselor turn for help?