Our story starts with Russia on the verge of bankruptcy and Stalin looking for a way out of ruin. In his desperation, Stalin sends Inspector Pekkala in search of Tsar Nicholas’ legendary missing gold. Pekkala returns to Eastland’s pages for the third time in this adventure taking place in a fledgling Soviet Union. Eastland is able to portray the friction and intrigue between the various factions playing for power in a young Russia. Pekkala is a great character and Eastland an excellent storyteller.