As a teenager, Melanie Phillips was terrified she was going to amount to nothing.
She was so scared of getting ostracized from the family that she began looking for clues for ways she could impress the family and win their approval. Before long she found the answer. Just about everyone in the household wanted to be a pharmacist—except her!
Desperate to travel and enjoy the fruits the world has to offer, she soon realized that the only way she was going to gain acceptance was if she somehow made her parents proud.
While everyone around her made attempts at becoming pharmacists, Melanie resisted what looked like a hopelessly waste of a good life in the pharmacy profession. Just about everyone in the family studied to be a pharmacist and eventually quit.
With the odds stacked incredibly against her, Melanie enrolled to her horror in Pharmaceutical school. Everyone mocked her as the least intelligent of the Phillips species. No one else had made it in the family how could she possibly hope to even make the first semester. Quietly Melanie dug in and worked like no Phillips clansman had ever grafted before. Though she found herself overwhelmed by the avalanche of brick-like tomes for textbooks and deluge of assignment papers, Melanie had a big point to prove.
Following what seemed like an eternity of keeping her life on hold, Melanie made ready to write her last exams…But soon found she had failed. Vowing to never set foot on the campus that had robbed her of years of youth, she stormed off the university grounds and hid in the world of commerce and enterprise, as first no more than a pharmacist’s assistant.
Little did she know that she was apprentice to a respected Pharmacist, who soon took a notice of Melanie and, keeping her under his wing, wrote a decisively penetrating letter to her alma Mata demanding that they re-look at her grades and performance.
Miraculously, the university that had so famously snubbed her achievements and echoed that she was just not cut out to be a pharmacist re-instated her.
Melanie couldn’t believe it…she had become a pharmacist. The only one in her family that had achieved the lifelong passion her mum had had as a dream…
…the only problem was…that it wasn’t Melanie’s dream…
Melanie had other ideas about how things would go…