1900 - Leo Kazan, baby son of a Russian diplomat and his Goanese wife, is abducted then abandoned in a British orphanage in Bombay. A gifted linguist and a charming thief, Leo becomes the protégé of an English Political Officer who turns him into a spy. During a brief visit to London in 1918, Leo meets Davina Dymond, an innocent English girl. Leo is then sent to St Petersburg and Davina is exiled to Spain, where she has Leo’s daughter. Both struggle to make a life for themselves in alien circumstances. In 1936 they meet again in Gibraltar, but now they are very different people. Leo has discovered his true identity, and to whom he really owes allegiance.
Endorsement by best-selling author Karen Maitland
“An epic and enthralling novel of love and separation, betrayal and treachery . . . very cinematic, it is a rich tapestry of colour and characters.” Karen Maitland – author of The Falcons of Fire and Ice