Love is a many splendored thing, as we are reminded in a wonderful old film with William Holden and Jennifer Jones. Many ordinary people in the course of their lives find themselves in an extraordinary romantic situation. It may be on the loading dock, in an office, at a party, or just by a chance meeting. Who can really say how a romance happens? Most discard these romances after they realize that continuing down that path might ruin their marriage or break up their lover's marriage or for a number of other reasons. This story is about an Italian named Mario. Mario is one of those people who are not looking for romance but fall into the love trap; in this case a one-way love that he runs away from because of its trauma to him. The reader gets to travel with Mario to some exciting tourist places with exotic foods as he encounters other women and tries to shake off his love for Patricia, a married woman.