While on a study holiday in Italy, researching the mysterious last paintings of Lorenzo Gagliardi, Jessica Matthews is advised to search out Noah Glassman, a visiting lecturer at the local university, for help.
To her frustration, she finds him both abrasive and attractive.
Events take a sinister turn when Noah’s office is vandalised – and then a Gagliardi painting is damaged in a break-in at an exhibition. Who could have a motive for the crimes – and what secrets are waiting to be discovered within the ancient monastic foundations of the university?
Jessica and Noah begin investigating, and Jessica finds her attraction to Noah growing stronger. But does he feel the same about her?
And, with their investigation taking ever more sinister turns, will Jessica live long enough to find out?