It's the 1930s, Hitler and Mussolini are building their war machine and Europe is a hotbed of political tension. Cia, a young, Anglo-Italian woman, escapes the mayhem, returning to England only to become embroiled in a web of sexual adventures. Her Italian lover has disappeared along with her clothes, lost somewhere between Florence and the Isle of Wight.
Her British friends are carrying on in the manner to which they are accustomed: sailing their yachts and partying. However, this serene facade hides rivalries and forbidden pleasures. It's only a matter of time before Cia's two worlds collide - and Britain's bright young things have to face up to their responsibilities.
An unusual, erotic and beautifully written story set in the heady whirl of French society in the 1920s.
The lovely Oruela is determined to fit into a lifestyle of opulence among the bright young things of 1920s Biarritz, which is sizzling with decadence. The fabulously wealthy are parading their vices, and she is surrounded by artists, hedonists and intellectuals. Jean is the seemingly devoted lover who will help her realise her wildest dreams. But she has to put her social aspirations on hold when she falls under suspicion for her father's murder. As Oruela becomes embroiled in a series of sensual games, she discovers that blackmail is a powerful weapon that can be used to obtain pleasure as well as money.