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At a lavish party given by Dick and Nicole Diver at their villa on the French Riviera, Dick meets an American starlet, Rosemary Hoyt, and Nicole's jealousy brings on a relapse of the emotional disorder which led to her first meeting with her husband: While serving on the staff of a Zurich psychiatric clinic in the 1920's, Dick, a brilliant young American doctor, falls in love with one of his patients, wealthy Nicole Warren, whose neuroses stem from the time she was violated by her father. Dick's superior, Dr. Dohmler, warns him that marriage to Nicole can only end in tragedy; her love will die when she realizes that her god-husband is only an ordinary, fallible human being. Dick's emotions win out, however, and he marries Nicole. Catering to her every whim, he abandons his career and embarks on an endless round of pleasure-seeking and party-giving, all of which is financed by Nicole's guardian, her arrogant older sister, Baby. Following the senseless death in a drunken brawl of their close friend, song writer Abe North, Dick senses how empty his life has become and tries to begin anew by returning to the Zurich clinic. It is too late, however; he has helped Nicole grow strong by allowing her to sap his strength, and it is now he who is the dependent one. Failing miserably at the clinic and drinking much too heavily, Dick makes a desperate attempt to recapture the gaiety of the early days of his marriage, but he succeeds only in making headlines as a result of a public fight over Rosemary. Having gained her independence with the downfall of her idol, Nicole asks Dick for a divorce in order to marry her lover. Too weak to fight and determined not to beg, Dick quietly acquiesces and leaves for an uncertain future in the small American town of his birth.