Claudia did not know the reason behind Marco De Luca deserting her four years before. He had shattered her heart, leaving her in doubt about their entire time together, plus she had lost a good friend in his sister, Bianca. Now, with her father on death's bed, when she is being threatened and blackmailed in to marriage with a man who makes her skin crawl, Marco has decided to come back in to her life.
Marco has lived with the destruction of his family at the hands of Primo Vasile. His entire focus has been to avenge his father's death, and revenge aginst his enemy. In his efforts to do just that, he believed Claudia had conspired with Primo to lead to the destruction of his sister. He never confronted her, but left in the night, vowing revenge.
As Marco once again spends time with Claudia, he realizes that the true woman was not capable of the deception he felt she had made. Once she understood he had been using her and why, Claudis confronted him, making him come to terms with the fact he had jusded her wrongly, and did so because he was afraid of the love he had for her.
Very well written. Fast-paced.