An unhappy Mark Ravenshaw lives with his parents and still smarts from a disastrous love affair. But he finds reprieve in an offer to work in Venice for his Uncle Jem, a respected art and antiquities dealer. Mark falls instantly under the city's spell, but is tormented by desire for Uncle Jem's young assistant, Piero ... who also shares Jem's bed. Mark soon finds himself obsessed by the amoral, beautiful Piero. Not even a sexual entanglement with Bruno, a former lover of Uncle Jem's, can assuage his longing. Unfortunately his beloved uncle stands in the path of Mark's desire. But for how long?