October, 1951. The citizens of Leningrad are all too familiar with the fragility of life.
As survivors of the most brutal siege in World War Two they mourn family members lost to starvation and fighting. And on the outskirts of the city, flowers grow from those killed by Stalin’s own apparatus terror: the MGB.
But when five mutilated corpses are found arranged between three parallel railway lines, even Revol Rossel – once a Conservatoire-trained violinist, now a humble state militia-cop – is sickened by the gruesome scene.
Whether victims of the MGB or a crazed yet methodical killer, these bodies soon lead Rossel back into the dark and ruthless heart of the Soviet classical music establishment, a place where his dreams were shattered and his ghosts barely laid to rest. And as anyone in Leningrad will say, it’s best to forget the past… despite some people’s best efforts to drag you back with one final, haunting refrain.