Vera and Gino were young New Yorkers who enjoyed being together and trekking around the City. This is a story about familial and romantic love intertwined with an exploration of truth, beauty and the good. Gino and Vera always hoped that love, family and health would be the essentials for their happiness. Unfortunately, his wealth, sincere religious faith, Vera’s deep love for him, and his family’s mafia power could not rescue Gino from the pain of being in love with Vera. Dramatic events in the lives of Vera and Gino only compounded the pain of their unrequited love. Vera’s father and Gino’s mother, were lovers. Circumstances that forced Gino to kill were at odds with his sentiments and religious beliefs. An attempt on Gino’s life was prevented by a mob hit that was kept secret from Vera and Gino. The enjoyable times spent together in the City could not alleviate the pain of their unrequited love. Vera’s deep love for Gino was rebuffed by him. The situation became so dire that Gino seriously considered the priesthood and enrolled in a seminary. It was not their family’s wealth or its power to kill, but only the truth that could set Vera and Gino free.
- Mature Young Adult