Luca Vianello is the heir to one of Venice's most famous gondola makers. When tragedy strikes, Luca flees his home and life and begins a new life as the personal gondolier to the artisan Trevisan. When Luca finds an old family gondola, he begins restoring it with dreams of winning the affections of noble Guiliana.
This touching coming of age novel was very satisfying. Though Luca can be a quiet narrator, he is thoughtful and is very likeable. I enjoyed this book. The historical details are amazing. I wish that the end had been a bit more clearer, but maybe that sets up for a sequel!