Misha lives in a smart apartment in the Kremlin where his father is part of Stalin's inner circle. Unlike the starving peasants, he has plenty to eat, but at night, Misha dreads the sound of heavy footsteps, breaking doors and shouting. The secret service took away his mother and other friends are disappearing without trace.
When the invading Germans advance towards Moscow, destroying cities and killing thousands of Russians, even Stalin can't decide what to do. False propaganda and threats abound. Teenage Misha trusts only his father and Valya, a beautiful girl two years older. They know that one careless word means instant death.
Misha's story brings history alive , in a page-turning tale of loyalty, bravery, deception and love.