The year is 1945. While Frank Randall was serving in the war, Claire Randall worked as an army nurse for the past six years. She is a woman who wants to start a family and reconnect with her husband after six years apart. When she was 5 years old, her parents died, leaving her in the care of her uncle.
Claire is consumed by thoughts of escaping and going back to the standing stones, so she can get back to her own time and to Frank. Events unfold that make it impossible for her to return. Jamie is a wanted man with a price on his head for a crime he did not commit
He directs her to return to her own time after taking her to the standing stones. Due to her loyalty to Jamie and the fact that it has been months since she left her own time, Claire is fighting a internal battle of wills. She decides to stay with Jamie despite not knowing what to do. The two cannot be separated once the decision is made. They promise to be together regardless of what befalls them.