Romantic hero and occasional hell-raiser Richard Faber was an old-fashioned star. Though he was born in 1950, at times he seemed to come from another era. Touching thirty, he meets Maisie Rivers, not yet sixteen and dangerously beautiful. Maisie and Richard become the golden couple of their day, and their day lasts ten years, from the mid-eighties to the mid-nineties. Their flight through the firmament is dazzling, glorious, thrilling to be part of. Their fall is spectacular too. Gyles Brandreth's second novel is a love story, a murder mystery and a revelation, with three Venice's as its locations: Little Venice in London and the Venice of California and of course Italy. It is a story that will tell you something about love you didn't know before.