Government minister, Sir Robert Chiltem, is respectable, well-off, with a loving wife. When the conniving Mrs. Cheveley appears with evidence of a past misdeed and threatens to blackmail him, his best friend tries (through a number of comedic entanglements) to lead Robert and his family out of harm. But there are others who have desires and ambitions all their own. Written in 1895, there are countless elements of today’s turbulent times: feminism, blackmail, political corruption, morality and mistrust, love and forgiveness, all served up with the effervescent Oscar Wilde wit. Will this cocktail mix of characters finally learn what it means to be “an ideal husband”?