Consuelo Borgia has loved her cousin Cesare all her life. Though her parents returned to Spain when she was eight, she has not forgotten him, she is still his little puppy, idolizing him. She does not know how to be any other way. But she is eighteen now, and a widow. She returns to her family after her husband dies, not knowing quite what to do. She engages in an affair with a local sword smith who makes swords prized by all of Spain, but must break it off when her family finds out. They are trying to pressure her into re-marrying, but she is still mourning her husband, the child she lost, and now her lost sword maker. Since she will not give in to their demands, her family sends her to Rome to live with her Uncle Roderigo, now Pope Alexander VI. She is both excited and apprehensive at the prospect of living with her family in Italy. The pope's mistress, Vanozza, was always kind to her, and she will see her cousins Lucrezia, Juan--and Cesare again after ten long years. But it is Cesare she desires to see again. She is no longer a child, she is a woman. Will Cesare see her with the same eyes, or will he see her for what she is--a woman with desires ? She has heard rumors as to what he is like, despite the fact that he has taken orders--and is rumored to soon become a cardinal. What she does not want is to become his toy. She wants to love him, but she is afraid. And when she lands in Italy, she is all apprehension She knows, when she sees him, that something will happen. Her heart has remained faithful, but will his?