There's no getting away from it: when it comes to matters of the heart Montalbano is out of his depth, and when the beautiful Michela Prestia disappears, his ability to detach himself from the complex maze and fatal deceptions of love is put to the test like never before. Michela has a dramatic, if not downright tragic, past: rejected by her family at an early age, she fell in with the wrong crowd, meeting men who humiliated and exploited her and coerced her into prostitution. But as time has gone by, Michela escaped her desperate situation, rebuilt her life and finally found love: she now lives with Saverio Moscato, her partner who loves her completely and unconditionally.