"I need you, Lesley. I loved you from the first, as if it's always been for us. Tell me you believe me!"
As the daughter of the fifth Earl of Malvern, Lesley Westram was dubbed "Scandal's Child" -- after all, her beautiful Italian mother got pregnant and ran off with the Earl whilst he was still married to Lady Constance.
The Earl's death sparks a bitter dispute over his estates, so Lesley vows to start a new life in Rome, the Eternal City, building her own fashion empire.
She's young and in love with American journalist Paul Kendal and their love is as eternal as the city -- then war sweeps through Europe and their dreams turn to nightmare...