"Everyone wants to be an Italian from South Philly," jokingly states the Saia family. "I guess it's the Rocky syndrome," agrees Uncle Joe the baker. In this light Carmella marries her high school sweetheart, John Leonard, upon his mother's rape and murder. When the twins arrive for these newlyweds, Nana Maria, a want-to-be Sicilian, favors the female offspring. Maria has blackmailed, lusted after, and lured many "friends" in her life. Now she wishes to usurp the Saia empire by brainwashing baby Grace while diminishing older twin Philip's birthright. Eventually good wins out, or does it? In any event twists, turns, and intrigue fill the pages of this novella.