Set in Paris in the second decade of this century, Laker's newest novel is packed with the glamour of the burgeoning fashion industry. Name-dropping is neatly achieved, with notables such as Rubin and Fortuny woven into the fictional tale of Juliette Cladel, who, newly released from her convent education, falls in love with Russian nobleman Nikolai Karasvin. Karasvin would prefer to remain in Paris studying with Rubin and sculpting his own bronze and marble works, but duty calls him home to settle grievances on the family estate and to support the czar. He departs, unaware that Juliette is carrying their child. She flees the watchful eyes of Paris for Tuscany and eventually marries an Italian and goes to work for Fortuny in Venice. Although this basic story line may lack the intricate plotting evident in earlier Laker creations (such as "The Sugar Pavilion" ), the author's deftly spun historical ambience, ranging from the Moulin Rouge to wartime Venice, deepens and enhances her fiction.