In March 2013, Boris Berezovsky is found dead in his home in Berkshire, apparently the victim of a suicide by hanging. MI5 commences an investigation--until Prime Minister David Cameron orders them to close the case, hoping to avoid endangering British-Russian business relations. Alarmed at the renewal of Russian Cold War tricks, the CIA dispatches Malko Linge to investigate Berezovksy's death and the British cover-up. Betrayals are the order of the day: Berezovsky has betrayed Putin. The Mossad is suspicious of the CIA. And the head of MI5 disobeys the prime minister's orders to stage a secret meeting with the Americans and reveal the truth about what is going on.