Faye Matteson spent an entire summer in Rome working alongside Dante Valenti, the owner of the famed Il Maia Hotel and its even more famous restaurant, Perfezione. While the summer was enchanting, it ended bitterly. Walking through the doors of the Il Maia now, with that summer six years behind her, she is once again face-to-face with the man who shattered her innocent heart. To add insult to injury, he offers to bail her restaurant out, but only if she agrees to some devious conditions. In a whirlwind of bitterness and intense longing, the two relive the mistakes they made that summer long ago.