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When Diana's father is threatened by a Mafioso from whom he borrowed money, she calls at the Manhattan offices of Luca, an influential Italian tycoon.
He promises to keep her father -- and herself -- safe from the Mafioso's enforcer, if she will agree to an unusual way of paying him back. Luca wants a son or daughter of his blood to inherit his huge holdings in America and Italy. Diana agrees.
Luca is surprised to find himself liking Diana more than he expected. As for Diana, once Luca made love to her, she found it difficult to remain aloof, as she intended. Slowly she begins to realize that she's fallen in love with him.
When they travel to Florence, Italy, where Luca will have their marriage blessed in the presence of his many relatives, Diana is dismayed to find Luca's mother determined to break up their marriage. The woman even pays a dissolute nephew of hers to rape Diana, sure that Luca won't want anything to do with her after that.
Diana tells Luca that she is pregnant, and he is delighted.
She wonders whether they can put the contract aside and enter into a true marriage?