The film "Painted Veil" - a remake of the same picture, shot in 1934.
The young aristocratic Kitty is impatient to leave her parental home and live an independent life. She accepts the wooing of an ordinary doctor Walter Fane. They enter into marriage, although the doctor’s feelings are not mutual, and the newlyweds have little in common.
On duty, Walter goes to China with his wife. Here he plunges into work while she attends social events. Meeting Kitty with diplomat Charlie Townsend becomes a real challenge for the newly formed family. Innocent communication quickly grows into a novel that Walter learns about. In a fit of emotion, he offers his wife a choice: either she goes with him to a remote settlement so that he can fight cholera, or her lover should divorce and marry Kitty. Townsend expectedly refuses, fearing for his career.
The fains change Shanghai for a remote village. Kitty gradually understands the importance of her husband's work and reveals in him features that she can love. And, Walter, seeing death around, otherwise looks at family problems.