A hazy star-crossed love story set in Germany, France and an island off Yugoslavia, which has that vein of decadence so easy to absorb from the Junker mystique. The flame around whom men cluster in those days just preceding WW II is Countess Christina (Tina) who leaves her husband, von Steitel-Holtzern, and their son Christian, to run off with Jewish Felix. Pursued by the SS, the two finally settle on their island. There they drift apart emotionally and Tina becomes involved with George, an American journalist. Years later George returns to discover that Tina and Felix had been executed by Yugoslav partisans, and Christian, formerly in the Nazi intelligence, returns to avenge his mother's death. George and Christian uncover both the villain and the Yugoslav who loved Tina and attempted to save her. And Christian, a homosexual, finds a new and binding love. This dark love knot is somewhat frayed. ""The golden hair on her mound of Venus glistened in the rays of the setting sun"" is one of the things a reader does not wish to remember about Tina.