An Inconvenient Wife : Young Mrs. Lucy Carleton hails from one of the oldest and wealthiest families in 1880s New York City, but she's finding it harder and harder to be the perfect wife. Longing to break away from the dictates of her domineering husband and father, she feels increasingly suffocated; her only escape is the blessed darkness of laudanum. Victor Seth, the controversial neurologist and hypnotist her husband hires to "cure" her. At first, Lucy is reluctant to see him. There is something improper and dangerous in his gaze that makes her afraid of him. And yet, Victor Seth holds out the promise of salvation. Or does he? For the compelling doctor has his own agenda, and soon his actions set off a chain of events that will have shocking repercussions no one can foresee . . . Lucy least of all.