The War is just over. In Venice, a city elaborately and
affectionately described, the American Colonel, Richard Cantrell,
falls passionately in love with Renata, a young Italian countess
who has 'a profile that could break your or anyone else's heart'.
Cantrell is embittered, war-scarred and old enough to be Renata's
father, but he is overwhelmed by the selflessness and freshness of
the love she is offering. But this is no fairy tale. The fighting
may be ended, but the wounds of war have not yet healed. And for
some, the longed-for peace has come too late.