The story of Alexander Bayliss, a British citizen arrested for spying in the Soviet Union in the early 1950s. Presumed dead by the British Government, he survives 20 years in a Soviet labour camp. Eventually freed from the Gulag in the 1970s, he finds that he has no reason to return to the West and returns to the home of his best friend at the Camp, Kirill, who he had to kill with his bare hands - and becomes the much loved schoolmaster. A powerful and dramatic novel spanning 50 years of Soviet History.
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