The ‘Road of Life’ is an ancient trading route linking Tajikistan to the south with the Osh region of Kyrgyzstan in the north. These days it’s the artery for the heroin trade – the Opium Road, controlled by the Russian mafia. Above the snowline, Dmitry Petrov rules his kingdom with an iron fist. Once a bodyguard for President Yeltsin, he is now the most powerful of the Mafioso controlling this dangerous region. Two thousand miles away in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, SAS Captain Hugh Scott prepares for a top secret mission : to neutralise a man who is becoming an embarrassment to the British and Russian Governments. For Scott, this is more than a job, it’s a vendetta: his son was a heroin addict. In the freezing whiteout of a Russian winter, the time for reckoning is approaching.