It's 1959, and at the imposing Villa Fleurie in Cannes, the beautiful, rich, and recently widowedIlona seems surrounded by loving friends. These include her old schoolmate, Paula, secretary Lizzie, handsome Kit, and married couple Colin and Joleen imminently arriving on their yacht. But no one is quite what they seem. Paula is being paid by Ilona's lawyer to ensure that her friend doesn't fall into the hands of fortune-huntersand Lizzie and Kit are certainly that. Lovers in secret, they have hatched a plan for Kit to marry Ilona and make off with her money. Colin, too, is after the cash, as his business is in danger of being sunk by debt and his materialistic wiferefuses to cutback on her extravagant lifestyle. Paula, oblivious to the others plotting and distracted by her own desires, has her work cut out to protect her friend, as Ilona's associates will stop at nothingincluding abductionin order to secure her wealth. But, as it turns out, the widow has her own agenda."
Deanna MacLaren is an acclaimed romantic novelist.