Following the custom on her Italian island home, on her eighteenth birthday Tessa had climbed the mountain at midnight and whispered to the stars: "Send me a lover..." And the stars answered. Or did they? Was is just coincidence that, within minutes of her whispered plea, Tessa should meet the young Englishman Colin Kenward, and almost as swiftly fall in love with him?
It was a meeting that was to change her life. For through Colin, Tessa was to leave her simple, carefree life and return to her native England--which turned out to be very different from what she had imagined. The only thing which did not change for Tessa was her love for Colin. But he did not after all seem to be the lover the stars had sent her, for he was engaged to be married to another girl.