It is December of 2007 just outside Antwerp, Belgium, when Richard Van Pelt storms out of the dining room of his father’s residence. Time is running out for their family’s copper-tubing company. With
the Chinese nipping at their heels and the Brazilians not far behind,Optitube is doomed if the family does not take action soon. With a willing Japanese partner waiting in the wings, it seems everything is in line for a successful merger of two companies. Unfortunately, not
In Japan, the young and beautiful Natsumi Honma anxiously awaits the
joint venture between her father’s company and Optitube. She has not
only a fi nancial interest in the merger, but also a growing love interest in
Richard. As the two continue to develop a passionate relationship across
the ocean, jealousy, greed, and ambition drive a wedge between family
members and instigate the creation of multiple plots that soon threaten
both Richard’s and Natsumi’s lives.
In this intriguing tale fueled by age-old confl icts and cruel ambition, a
merger hangs in the balance as Natsumi suddenly goes missing. Now it
is up to Richard to save both her and his company—before it is too late.