Winter is a predator with an other-worldly talent for bending women to his desires and stealing objects priceless in both their imagination and worth.Alexander, a scientist and owner of an art gallery in downtown Chicago, first witnesses the power of Winter's lethal charm at work in the Vatican compound in Rome. And there begins an obsession. Preoccupied with finding Winter and understanding who and what he is, Alexander searches him out. But every step he takes in following Winter further tangles him in a web of deceit and conflict.Winter's true nature begins to emerge as Alexander follows a mysterious path that leads through London's bustling Covent Garden, the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Entranced by the enigmatic hedonist, Alexander realizes that the fixation can only be resolved by facing Winter himself. But as he pushes towards a confrontation, Alexander puts both his own life and the life of the woman he loves at risk in this twisted and powerful adventure.Author Maneesh Sharma had a typical Midwestern upbringing in Toledo, Ohio. From an early age, writing and other forms of artistic expression were the ways he expressed his individuality. His writing tends to emphasize the elements of fiction and fantasy that exist within all humans. Maneesh has lived in the city of Chicago for ten years, where he is a corporate analyst in the bank industry and a part-time professor at DePaul University. He is a singer/songwriter for the alternative rock band Winter.