Set in the South of France, London, and Paris, a gorgeous, innocent mistress of a Russian oligarch gradually finds independence via her own efforts and through her friendship with the artist son of a world-renowned painter and his devoted muse/now restaurateur mother, reminiscent of Picasso and La Colombe D'or in St-Paul-de-Vence. Discovered on a freezing Moscow street by a Russian billionaire, Natasha Leonova lived for seven years under his protection, immersed in rarefied luxury, while he pursues his activities in a dark world that she guesses at but never sees. Natasha's job is to keep Vladimir happy, ask no questions, and be discreet. Theo Luca is the son of a world famous difficult artist, Lorenzo Luca, who left his wife and son with a fortune in artwork they refuse to sell. Theo becomes obsessed with Natasha; Vladimir with Luca's artwork; both become dangerous obsessions.