Sam Morris is a young American attorney who's just received the most exciting assignment of his budding career. The directors of the industrial conglomerate for which he works are sending him to Russia to single-handedly negotiate a joint venture with a privately owned textile manufacturer called Mosteks. Although Sam is enthusiastic about the opportunity and his new-found responsibilities, he still expects his business with Mosteks to be fairly routine. But when he arrives in Moscow in the midst of a bleak winter, he discovers the pervasive corruption and hopelessness that plague Russia's businesses and government and threaten to undermine the country's tenuous progress toward democracy. As the joint venture inexorably falls apart despite his efforts to the contrary, Sam comes face-to-face with the dark forces - including the Russian Mafia - that are determined to destroy Mostek's business deal. When his routine business trip suddenly takes a dangerous turn, Sam must rely on his own instincts and the courage of his new Russian friends to outsmart the corrupt businessmen and officials who will stop at nothing to ensure the failure of the joint venture - including the murder of a certain young American attorney.
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