If this would have been a little longer I would have given it a solid 4 star rating. This is a good quick read about an American Librarian named Mary and her “mission” to review a very old book that is owned by a wealthy Italian man, Emilio Vittorini. His sensual tricks that he uses to give Mary very little glimpses of what is inside the book. Mary can be described as normal and boring back in her life in America, but she allows a side of her that she didn’t know exist emerge during her allotted time with Emilio. Emilio doesn’t speak English so he gets creative in expressing his demands on Mary. He wants her submissive to his will and then he will allow her to view more of the coveted book.