On the terrace of the Villa Magari, outside Florence, the sun shines down on three young men.
Steve Price, a rich American, Kurt von Schill, a talented pianist and would-be painter Hamilton Johns are about to meet Prince Giorgio Caesari, his English wife and the Prince's three beautiful daughters. The setting seems perfect for roamnce and love. But the year is 1938, Italy is under Fascist rule and war looms. Romance and love there will be - but also turmoil, pain and drama.
Noel Barber's last novel draws on his rare understanding of people, of war and the artistic world to create an exciting and a moving epic.