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In the unforgiving WWII climate of 1940, 21-year old Nora is faced with a perilous ultimatum: Enlist with Stalin's secret police as a honey trap, or face the death of her family. Despairingly she agrees.
Nora finds herself struggling to seduce her target, John Murray, a British Embassy cypher in Moscow.
As two disparate lives intertwine, their desperate escape leads the couple through frozen Arctic wastelands, clutching forged papers and hopes not just for survival but for a future together.
* Nora Murray's metier was writing and as such she felt at one with the tools of that trade. Forever writing letters and making entries in her diary, a consummate Lady of Letters, her book would allow her to express her distaste for totalitarian regimes and the love of Mother Russia.
* John Murray born of Greek/Irish parents and brought up in Edwardian England soon found himself working in Latvia. Having achieved a commercial education at Pitman's College he was put in charge of managing a cigarette factory. Later, he became its owner while also running an import export business in the Baltic States.