And what a doll- is Bianca, brandishing her femininity through a refulgent Renaissance and through the lives of many men. At 17, the bride of the cruel Count Maldonato, Bianca runs away, only to become the victim of Belcaro, the Dollmaster, who sells her to the brother of Lorenzo the Magnificent, to a British corsair, and to others- but cannot keep her from falling in love with a painter, Andrea. But Andrea gets religion, joins a monk, and is prescribed for his printing of the Bible. Bianca searches for him, and finds him only on his deathbed (the plague) when he leaves her to safeguard the precious Bible and Bianca, with her wealth, attempts to start an orphanage. Belcaro, whom she believes dead, finds her again, attacks her, but is finally killed- but her custody of the Bible leaves Lorenzo as the final threat to her atonement and sanctification.... A well-developed heroine, and an over- developed plot, this is still a flaccid narrative which even the most solid flesh cannot sustain. But the market may be firmer than we care to recognize.