Soviet gem trader Nikolai Borodin had simple tastes. But then he met Vivian--stunning, sensuous, expensive Vivian. Borodin's love for the extravagant British beauty blinded him to everything else--including the contraband Soviet diamonds that were presently flooding the market. The ruthless international gem cartel called the System wanted the smuggling operation eliminated quickly...and permanently. And all evidence seemed to point to the lovestruck Russian functionary and his sexy spendthrift girlfriend. Now Nikolai Borodin has a choice: stop the flow of unauthorized Soviet gems or stop an assassin's bullet instead. Because in the high-stakes world of hot rocks, no one bucks the System...and lives.