When Stella Brookes vowed "to love and to cherish till death us do part", she never figured she'd be a widow at the age of 33. Two years later, she embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime dream holiday in Naples, and it's going great - until she meets a young, flamboyant artist, Antonio Dell'Ora. Not only does he capture Stella's beauty in his sketchbook, he's drawing much more from her than she's willing to part with. Feelings of betrayal towards her dead husband and sexual desire for Antonio test her resolve to be the woman she wishes to be. But if Stella is to move on with the rest of her life, she must believe her wedding vow. When she's given another chance "to have and to hold from this day forward" she steps over the boundary that restricted her and is drawn to Antonio.