Charlie Stone is a brilliant analyst for the CIA, with an illustrious reputation for predicting the unpredictable ways of the Kremlin. He's summoned urgently to read the transcript of a tape recording smuggled out of the Soviet Union by one of the few remaining moles. His expert assessment is there an ominous coup in the making, a power struggle that will make glasnost a thing of the past, but he senses that the conspiracy may also be linked to an old family mystery. Suddenly, Stone's investigation becomes deeply personal. He finds himself delving into a conspiracy whose roots lie in the first days of the Cold War. Framed for brutal murder, Stone finds himself in a cat-and-mouse pursuit across the United States, Europe, and finally, the Soviet Union.