Book I addresses in clinical detail the questions: What were Nicole's symptoms? What kind of treatment did she get? Did she get well? This detail is presented against the back-drop of a romance of love-service in which the heroine, afflicted with enchantment, is rescued from it by the hero. Once well, the heroine drops the hero and accepts his alternate as a more appropriate husband.
Book II deals in similar detail with the problems of the hero: role playing, depression, alcoholism, against the background of his belief in heroism as exploit, i.e. work, and love-service.