They married young. They were in love and desired independence. But as middle-age and family obligations set in, their marital vows lost meaning. When he left, she felt gripped by rage. He moved to Rome and met a younger woman. She stayed with the kids in Naples, a city from which she felt a growing estrangement. But the inescapable ties that bind us can be tenacious, stronger even than both the wounds inflicted by abandonment and the desire for freedom. Can betrayal ever be swept under the carpet? A powerful short novel about the ties that bind, and mark us indelibly.