Set just before the outbreak of the First World War. The story is an account of how the lives of the main characters were interwoven with the success or failure of secret naval talks between Britain and Russia. As a result, Czar Nicholas’s nephew Prince Alexei is sent to London for high level bilateral talks.
In 1914, Germany arms for war and the allies are preparing their defences. Both sides need Russia. The Earl of Walden and Winston Churchill plan a secret Russian alliance, but a man steals into England, intent on leaving his mark on history. Fate catches up with a beautiful woman, a young girl and a star-crossed lover, while the police close in on the man who might bring England to her knees. His name was Feliks. He came to London to commit a murder that would change history. A master manipulator, he had many weapons at his command, but against him were ranged the whole of the English police, a brilliant and powerful lord, and the young Winston Churchill himself. These odds would have stopped any man in the world-except the man from St. Petersburg.
Written by Kenneth Martin Follett (1949- )
William Morrow and Company