|Kristin Scott Thomas||Mary Panton|
|Sean Penn||Rowley Flint|
|Anne Bancroft||Princess San Ferdinando|
|James Fox||Sir Edgar Swift|
|Jeremy Davies||Karl Richter|
|Derek Jacobi||Lucky Leadbetter|
|Massimo Ghini||Beppino Leopardi|
Surrounded by the lush countryside of Italy, Mary Panton, a middle-aged and once-affluent widow, seems to have her financial future secured again when she attracts the notice of a wealthy wife-seeking diplomat . But her fate turns when she meets bold American Rowley Flint . Though he is married, the two cannot deny their passion and soon begin a complicated relationship that involves covering up a scandal and continuing deceit.