Professor Lynton Hicks has a couple of secrets to work with. He's sure that at least one of them is of unique importance. He claims to have been the last person to interview famous Russian composer Sergey Prokofiev shortly before his death in 1953. He has the tapes to prove it. But there's a problem. The result of this covert collaboration can't be made public until fifty years after the composer's death. There are other problems too, like the threat of time-prescribed madness, or having to cling to such cultural treasure while other people seem to move in shapes of sabotage. And then there are nights, five gagged decades of them, loaded with damage. But now that those lost years have expired, the time has come for Lynton Hicks to fulfil his promise. It's all arranged: the world is waiting at the Symposium. But final hours can be tricky to negotiate, as can a Professor's burden of convincing people that he's real.