To cure Lucy of these "improper" desires and the accompanying physical and nervous manifestations of them (anxiety, depression, willfulness, neglect of social obligations, etc.) her husband forces her to see numerous doctors until she falls under the spell of a clever but controversial new physician who uses hypnotism in his practice.
Dr. Victor Seth holds out the promise of a cure, but he may have an ulterior motive of his own. And will that cure come in the form family and society expect? I won't spoil it for you.
"An Inconvenient Wife" offers a fascinating look at Victorian medicine and psychology, the often barbaric and inhumane treatments of nervous and psychological disorders, and the domestic and social oppressiveness of an era where even a well made and intentioned marriage could sometimes become a prison and a trap.