Renaissance Florence . . .
A time of opulent splendor, deadly intrigue, and treacherous passion . . .
Rodrigo da Valenti is a handsome vagabond -- a mercenary caught between the carefree gypsy life of his childhood and the world of title and privilege that is his birthright. Giulietta de'Alessandro is the daughter of a powerful prince -- an aristocratic beauty with a fiery spirt no one can tame. Promised to him in marriage, she flees, vowing never to surrender to this man she calls murderer . . . a man she has sworn to hate forever! Against a world of dazzling palaces and breathtaking cathedrals, poisonous blood secrets and age-old vendettas, Rodrigo and Giulietta soon find themselves pawns in a shocking conspiracy that stretches to the powerful Medici . . . And bound by a passion that could prove their doom -- or their sweetest salvation.