The Bettencourt Affair could stand as fiction. But it's real. And this is not some faraway scandal from another time--it's a story and a trial that has kept the French public rapt. The affair involves 94-year-old Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the nearly forty-billion-dollar L’Oréal fortune. She's the world’s richest woman and the fourteenth wealthiest person. And she has a past that involves an expensive infatuation with a man who is not her husband, a tangled web of hidden secrets, divided loyalties, frayed relationships, and fractured families. All set in Paris.