As president of a major pharmaceutical empire, Peter Haskell has everything. Power, position, a career and a family, which mean everything to him, and for which he has sacrificed a great deal. Compromise has been key in Peter Haskell's life, and integrity is the base on which he lives.
Olivia Thatcher is the wife of a famous senator. She has given to her husband's ambitions and career until her soul is bone dry. She is trapped in a web of duty and obligation, married to a man she once loved and no longer even knows. When her son died, a piece of Olivia died too.
Accidentally, on the night of a bomb threat, they meet in Paris, at the Ritz. Their totally different lives converge for one magical moment in the Place Vendôme, as Olivia carefully, silently, steps out of her life and walks away. As the two strangers meet, their lives become briefly enmeshed. In a café in Montmartre, their hearts are laid bare. Peter, once so sure of his path, so certain of his marriage and success, but suddenly faced with his professional future in jeopardy. Olivia, no longer sure of anything except that she can't go on anymore.
When Olivia disappears, only Peter suspects that it may not be foul play. And if he finds her again, where will they go from there? Five days in Paris is all they have. They go back to their separate lives, but nothing is the same. At home again, they both must pursue their lives, despite challenges, compromise, and betrayal. Everything they believe is put on the line, until they each realize they must stand fast against compromise and face life's challenges head-on.
Peter Haskell, the debonair star of Five Days in Paris, has it all: a beautiful wife, three children, and a dreamy job. He's a magnate at one of the world's largest pharmaceutical conglomerates, Viotec, on the brink of revolutionizing cancer treatment. "It would be Peter's one major contribution to the human race," says the narrator--and if he can get it on the fast track toward approval by the Food and Drug Administration, he can mitigate the hell of chemotherapy for patients worldwide. Heady stuff, but it's nothing compared to what Peter finds in Paris at his favorite hotel, the Ritz, which he likens to heaven. "The brocades on the wall were a warm peach ... the fireplace apricot marble and the window and bedcoverings were in the same matching silks and satins." All Peter needs now is a beauty to match such decor, and he finds her in lovely Olivia Thatcher, the neglected wife of Anderson Thatcher, a powerful senator. Peter and Olivia meet at the Ritz, fall head over heels at Place Vendome, and have a 120-hour affair in the city of love. Back home, they find they cannot live without each other--a secret that, once revealed, could wreak havoc. Swirling with lust, politics, love, and epicurean appetites for the best life has to offer, Five Days in Paris has all the essentials of a classic Steel entertainment.