After her two eldest sisters become the scandals of Florence, Lucianna Pietro d'Angelo is in the difficult position of finding a wealthy man who will have her for his wife. Her family has little choice but to accept the proposal of an aging, unexciting bookseller. Yet the union is far from disagreeable, and Lucianna comforts her elderly husband in his final years. When he passes away, she inherits his bookshop, and with it, a sizable fortune. Now Lucianna has the power to attract the richest men of Florence, but she's content with widowhood--until Robert Minton, earl of Lisle, visits her bookshop. The Englishman is not only dashing and handsome, he's a trusted courtier of Henry VII, who has charged the earl with purchasing Florentine silks for his young queen. The Pietro d'Angelos cannot deny the spark of attraction between their daughter and the earl, so they scheme to send her to London to help manage a new textiles shop. There, Lucianna steps out of the shadow of her quiet Florentine life, pursuing a love she never dared to dream of, and rising in London society all the way to court of the new Tudor king.