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American Gerald Fitzgerald marries beautiful Italian opera star Lisa Della Robbia and leads a romantic life with her until she returns to work. Gerald accompanies Lisa on her extensive tour, but becomes disillusioned when he continually finds himself being relegated to the position of dogwatcher. Gerald finally leaves Europe for the United States after Lisa promises to join him for six months of unadulterated married life after her Scandinavian tour. Lisa postpones her return, however, and Gerald loses his patience and files for divorce, telling his attorney that his married life has been like "a charming nightmare." Before Lisa accepts Gerald's divorce request, he renews his relationship with Flora Preston, but one day they are surprised when Lisa appears, full of melodrama, and claims she, too, has a lover she intends to marry. When Gerald accuses her of having no idea of how to be a wife, she angrily agrees to the divorce, although she still loves him and has lied about her lover. Lisa insists that Flora be present while she and Gerald discuss the financial arrangements of their divorce and, hoping to get Gerald back, invites the couple to attend her opera and join her for dinner afterward. Gerald is delighted to be back in the company of Lisa and her entourage, but Flora is not amused, especially when Gerald stays on after she leaves. That evening, Gerald and Lisa reconcile and decide to live in the United States, sans opera. To evade gossip-seeking reporters, Lisa and Gerald sneak out of the apartment via the dumbwaiter and "elope" to South America.