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.  It is the height of the Col War and things are about to get very hot.  Nicholas Novak, idealist and left wing university profession, views the international situation as remote and vaguely exciting, but nothing to do with him.  Then Nicholas’ cousin, a top nuclear scientist, announces his intention to defect.  Within hours a quiet weekend dissolves into a nightmare behind the Iron Curtain.