Dan Erlichmann, the son of a psychopath, is a man brutalised and
alienated by his upbringing and by his experiences as an MI6 operative
in Chile in the ‘70s. After his mission there fails, and the woman he
loves is killed by military torturers, the traumatised Erlichmann is
reassigned to ‘turning’ Soviet Cold War scientists. Incidents in Hawaii
and Prague produce a vendetta lasting decades between him and Lev
Stepunin, a KGB security officer.
Then, in the present day, a disaster at a Russian research facility
reveals catastrophic flaws in mankind’s understanding of reality.
Erlichmann and Stepunin suddenly find themselves forced to work together
to ward off the possible extinction of the human race. Resorting to the
most violent outrages, their lives are torn apart. Labelled as
terrorists, their motives and characters are questioned by everyone but,
most of all, by themselves.