How far would you go to save your husband ? All Francesca Channing had to do in order to keep her marriage alive, her children safe, her life intact, was to tell a lie. One simple, straightforward lie. But it wasnt that simple or straightforward at all. Her life, as Bard Channing third wife, was very far fromeasy. He was charismatic, powerful and rich: and he adored her. He was also manipulative, capricious and scheming, with a family as large and complex as hisbusiness.