It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. Fifty-one years have passed since Fermina rebuffed Florentino and married Juvenal Urbino instead. Swearing his love to her he lives for the day when he can court her again. When Fermina’s husband is killed Florentino seizes his chance to declare his enduring love. But can young love find new life in the twilight of their lives?