In Syracuse, on the Italian island of Sicily, a baby girl named Annabella, whose life must evoke dead demons, is born. Beautiful like a fairytale, she is saddled with a frightening secret that guarantees her certain death.
Awaiting her, by a strange twist of fate, is one charismatic priest, equally saddled with a very dark secret. Soon, a mysterious chain of events will contrive to bring them face to face, and the turbulence that preceded her birth will now no longer end …
By the time the world famous opera house in Venice, La Fenice, goes up in flames, Annabella’s path and that of the priest had already crossed in a riveting tango of sin and death. Behind the inferno is an enigmatic Mob kingpin nicknamed the ‘Octopus’ for his unrivalled criminal network and influence. His identity is the world’s best kept secret. Except to this priest, before whom many Mafiosi have knelt in confession in his Palermo parish. And Annabella, who knows the inside scoop, is on the run. But even her dramatic escape to the U.S. and her involvement in high-level journalism are but a macabre trap of fate, since one of America’s biggest news corporations knows that she alone can unlock the mystery, and now persuades her to meet this priest …
THE WHITED SEPULCHRE is the bewitching, intricate saga of the indelible nightmare that now evolves. For, between her and the priest is a gaping wound that time cannot heal … More than that, between them lies a very dark secret that one is ready to protect with the last drop of his blood, while the other is prepared to divulge to save her life and career. Therefore, this bizarre encounter, which must peel away the layers of the world’s best kept secret, must also take Annabella back into the very heart of darkness from which she thought she had escaped.
‘Have you ever heard the parable of the whited sepulchre?’ she said excitedly, ‘it is an immaculate spectacle of a tomb, remarkably cleaned and polished outside, but of course, it is full of dead bones and decay inside, just like Angelo Russo.’ She paused. ‘This is an earth-shaker, sir. So, now, I guess you understand why you are going to pay me two million dollars?’