A story of love and passion set in Paris and Havana
Manon was orphaned in childhood and raised by her grandmother, the owner of a large family vineyard in Bordeaux. Bored in the countryside, Manon eventually moves to Paris where she meets and falls deeply in love with a young retired Colonel of the French Foreign Legion. The Colonel is a stock trader who goes to Berlin to open a new office for his expanding business.
During his absence, Manon becomes lonely and questioning, insecure about the Colonel’s intentions. She goes often to diplomatic parties where she meets a Cuban diplomat who captures her heart. When he falls under suspicion by the French police she leaves with him for Cuba. They marry and have a son named Rafael. Her husband’s family is a close-knit family, gregarious amongst themselves but unyielding towards foreign women. Her husband is killed in a hunting accident – was it the wild boar or was there foul play involved?
After her husband’s death, Manon is ostracized by her in-laws. She becomes despondent and also discovers she is in the early stages of cancer. She decides to fly to Paris for treatment and to be with the one person she believes still loves her, the Colonel.