Vittorio Ralfino, the Count of Cazlevara, is back in Italy to make a business proposition. He wishes to marry a traditional wife, and Anamaria Vialesturdy, plain and from a good vintner's familyperfectly fits his bill.
Ana is stunned that Vittorio is offering heran ugly duckling!marriage. She'd stoically resigned herself to a career and singledom.
But Vittorio is persuasive and Ana would like a child of her own. Although she's under no illusion that this is anything but a convenient marriageVittorio will never offer her love. So when the time comes for him to claim her as his bride, she's surprisedand amazedat the strength of his passion .