Venice. A woman walks the pathways and streets beside the canals, wrapped in a grey cloak. Her face is hidden from the gaze of two curious onlookers. But as she passes by two old peasant women catch of a glimpse of her features. One of them averts her eyes and crosses herself. The other makes a sign to ward off the evil eye.
No man, woman or child will speak to the once-proud heiress to one of the city's oldest fortunes. Isolda Mazzini-Forsca is an outcast, imprisoned within the walls of her own splendid palazzo, with only an old servant woman who refuses to leave. Acquitted in law but condemned by popular opinion of a dreadful crime, she has not ventured out for a year. But the people of Venice have neither forgotten nor forgiven.
Indeed there is one among them who believes that the woman in grey has still not been punished enough. Someone vengeful enough to want her to die; someone powerful enough to ensure that it happens, and secretive enough not to be caught when it does. As Isolda Mazzini-Forsca paces the darkened streets of Venice, death stalks at her heels.