The Cold War that raged between the East and West, primarily Comunist Russia and the United States, was played 24/7 like an international game of political and military chess.
The USSR, striving to dominate the world by tyranny and oppression, was checked at every move and instance by the Western powers.
This dangerous game escalated into a nuclear arms race as Russia searched for that defining game peice and the final move that would result in --- Checkmate and game over.
During the proliferation of nuclear weapons East and West played a game of hide and seek. The West had to discover what types of nuclear device the USSR had developed, how many, where they were located, and if they could reach the U.S. and England.
This critical intelligence gathering was conducted in the air and on the ground. The resulting espionage that filtered up through the channels was gathered by the lower pieces in the "chess game," primarily the Pawns.
This is the story on one such pawn, a man caught, convicted of espionage by the KGB and thrown into Russia's infamous penal camps, the GULAGS.
He survives the inhuman horror of the Siberian camps and years later, through a wild twist of fate, he escapes and at last emerges upon the world's stage armed with information that can bring down a superpower---and topple a sitting president.