The day after her wedding, Donella Ferguson Watson wakes up shackled to a man haunted by the past. The lonely days become weeks, months. Her husband Hugh, a prison doctor, will offer no explanation for their sexless marriage. She comes to suspect the answer lies with a hunger-striking suffragette who was force-fed and held in solitary confinement. But what really happened between Hugh and his prisoner patient A Petrol Scented Spring is a riveting novel of repression, jealousy, and love, and the struggle for womens emancipation.