Francesca Marsham is in a dilemma. She is an art dealer in a smart London gallery and cannot avoid having to meet Rafe Rostov, a famous painter who has
arrived in London to exhibit his work and whom she had known in Italy nine years previously.
He had rescued her from two horrific incidents in Florence where she was on an Italian culture course, but their burgeoning romance had been abruptly terminated by his sudden and unexplained departure for New York.
Hurt by his rejection, Francesca is now determined to treat him very coolly indeed, but Fate deals an unexpected hand in the shape of an old friend Sandro, an Old Master and a surprise at Rafe's exhibition.