Nina Porter appears to have it all: husband, home, family and security. But her life turns upside down when a marital row over truthfulness sets her thinking. Isn't she dishonest herself, always playing the good wife? Shouldn't she try to live without the little white lies that support us all? Her husband thinks it can't be done. But when he goes away on a business trip, Nina sees no reason to refuse the offer of a few days of research in Venice. Or to resist the attentions of the charming, if slightly sinister, Italian who wants to show her the city. As Nina entangles herself in a web of deceptions, it starts to look as though honesty might not always be the best policy.