Childhood memories stay with you forever, and for Vanessa Fullerton, her mother's tragic murder was a nightmare she'll never forget. Now as a grown woman, she gains the emotional strength to recount the saga of her mother's remarkable life, and the events that led to her untimely death. Born into Italian royalty, Serena leaves everything behind to marry US Colonel Brad Fullerton. But when her beloved husband dies in a tragic military death, Serena is left heartbroken and destitute, struggling to raise her daughter any way she can. Stumbling into the world of modelling, she meets renowned photographer, Vasili. Her career takes off, along with their relationship - putting Serena back onto the road to financial and emotional stability. But she soon discovers that Vasili has a shocking secret...a secret so dangerous, it leads Serena to her ultimate fate.