Claire Fraser is a time-traveling nurse who has lived in both the twentieth and the eighteenth centuries. Claire inadvertently travels two hundred years into the past while on a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband, Frank Randall, where she meets and eventually marries Jamie Fraser. Claire is the main (and only) first-person narrator of the Outlander books, and she is compassionate but medically ruthless, with a quick tongue that gets her into trouble.
Claire is a woman ahead of her time in 1945, and an outright anomaly in the 18th century by any measure. Claire’s unusual upbringing, combined with her six years as a combat nurse in the army, molded her into a strong, independent woman who was unfazed by harsh living conditions or physical danger. She is a very sensible person, though her early personal freedom shows in her adamant refusal to follow orders without questioning them. Claire is a natural leader who keeps a level head in the face of adversity when it comes to practicing medicine. She makes a name for herself as a woman in medical school in the twentieth century, and she makes a name for herself as a female surgeon in the 18th century, an exclusively male profession at the time.