Story is set against the backdrop of WWI and follows Christopher Tietjens, a top civil servant from a background of wealth and privilege, whose marriage flounders almost as soon as it begins. He falls in love with another woman, but he remains honorable for some considerable time to Sylvia who has several affairs. On top of this, Chris is dealing with shell shock and partial memory loss that he endures during the war. Written by
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claimed that his character of Christopher Tietjen was one of the more admirable he has ever played. He claimed "[Christopher] has many admirable qualities I'd like to siphon off into my life." See more