A tale of intrigue stretching from the Volga to the Adriatic via snowy Polish lakes and sleepy Cornish villages.
Thomas Dylan’s posting to the MI6 Station in Moscow is uneventful, until his wife Julia witnesses a murder. The killer escapes and she never expects to see him again. But she does – when a Polish stowaway stumbles onto the docks in Teeside.
It is winter 1981. The iron curtain is starting to crumble. In Poland the CIA have decided to give it a helping hand.
The Americans want to believe that the Polish people are ready to rise up and throw out the Soviet occupiers. All the Poles need is a symbol to rally around. Fortunately the CIA have found just such a symbol – the Great Crown of Jan Kazimierz.
Thomas joins the CIA’s Operation Coronation. But when it goes wrong Julia has to act quickly to save her husband’s life.