In 1952, political tension in Europe nears breaking point as the Superpowers double and redouble the nuclear stakes – each one pushing the other as far as it will go.  Nicholas Novak is an idealist, a left wing professor who views the international situation as remote and vaguely exciting.  Then Nicholas’ cousin, a top nuclear scientist, announces his intention to defect. Within hours, a quiet weekend dissolves into a nightmare adventure behind the Iron Curtain.