Sylvia is the story of a love triangle of sorts – a Man, his Dog, and his Wife. Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. Kate develops a growing dislike for Sylvia, as she becomes a rival for Greg’s affection, and Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. The comedy and conflict arise from the rivalry between the two ‘women’ in Greg’s life. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until Greg and Kate, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.