Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
The hectic, materialistic lives of Russian nouveau riche provide the framework for this Russian thriller. The two protagonists, Ivan and Misha are two rubes who came to Moscow to participate in the perestroika economic boom. They are definitely limitas, Russian for hicks. Ivan becomes a wealthy computer code-breaker. The story really begins when he is given a disk to decode. It is an incredibly difficult code to break. Just as he is breaking it, he discovers that the code was set by Misha who is a technical specialist for a bank. Wanting to protect his friend he stops the decoding program. Because Misha is the only one with the disk key, Ivan's action accidently causes him to be killed. Ivan seeks revenge but when he discovers that the information on the disk has involved him he becomes bitter and cynical.
bank, career, city-life, code [encryption], computers, family-member, hick, killing, nouveau-riche, revenge