From the back cover: As the former Soviet republics struggle to maintain their independence from Russia, militant nationalists plot to restore Russia's empire. Their leader is Colonel Nikolai Krasin, whose cold brutality is matched only by his intellect-- and his determination to seize the Soviet nuclear arsenal.
Into this witch's brew of intrigue enters Taras Stepaniak: half-Russian, half-Ukrainian, a womanizing opportunist whom Krasin hires to play a game of betrayal. But as Stepaniak steps to Krasin's treacherous music, Stepaniak's divided loyalties threaten to tear him apart. And what started out as a game becomes a terrifying test of survival.