Nicolina 'Lina' Fabriani is a reporter.
Normally living in Rome, a city she fell in love with when she first visited a few years before and for which she has never lost her appreciation, Fabriani works as a freelance journalist keeping the people back in the States informed on interesting events in the Eternal City. She has a particular interest in the Vatican and she is able to a unique viewpoint on the activity of the Church thanks to her close friendship with Edoardos, a priest with interesting connections to different departments in the Papacy.
Fabriani is a second-generation American born after both of her parents had moved to the U.S. from Italy years before. While she is most definitely an American shown by her independent streak, she has to listen far too often to her mother's old-world view that she should give up her career and find a nice man and settle down to raise babies. To the Fabriani we first meet, that is far from happening.
Her involvement in things other than Catholic or Italian comes in the second recorded adventure when a chance to report on the Civil War in Syria comes her way and despite the obvious danger, the offer was too tempting. Fabriani would admit, grudgingly perhaps, that she is an action junkie and the thrill of being where the action was would prove too strong. It would also throw her up against terrorists and rebels and would-be despots not just in Syria but elsewhere.
Along the way she will meet, get saved by and do some saving of her own, and fall hard for an Israeli Mossad agent named David Baron working as a professor of Philology (the study of languages [you're welcome]) in Italy. Together they will have even more exciting and highly dangerous times.