Public images clash with private lives. Ruthless ambition collides with forbidden desires at the very summit of a powerful nation's government. A crisis of terrifying proportions is set to explode between the Superpowers. Suddenly the fate of an unsuspecting world rests on the shoulders of a leader whose future is as fragile as the secret letter that may ruin him. And as the Cold War heats to the boiling point, others are caught in a wildfire of emotion--the politician's very private secretary making a last desperate grab at happiness, the young lawyer forced to choose between his profession and his principles, the mysterious man without a country whose destiny may be the fuse that ignites it all.