The mission, subversion. To destabilize the Soviet grip on Poland and safeguard the life of Pope John Paul II. Will our Australian hero fail or succeed against a ruthless KGB mastermind and at what cost?
Synopsis:At the Foreign Office in Canberra the overseas postings are out but the clever, happy-go-lucky and happily married Pete Stanoff has missed out. He faces another six months on the desk. Considered by faceless men of Intelligence Services, ASSIS and the CIA, as the best man for a job undercover, he is offered a Trade Post in East Europe based at the Embassy in Warsaw. Pete’s clandestine mission is to escalate the popular unrest that threatens the Soviet grip on power. He questions why Australia would be involved in Eastern European politics? Markets now confined to Communist Bloc countries would open and the spread of communist doctrine would be halted. His vulnerabilities surface. They stem from his Russian heritage, and extreme family hatred of the communists, valid reasons why he has been offered the post. The election of a Polish Pope has stirred the national identity, and millions of down-trodden workers are joining Solidarity behind Lech Walesa and subversion is the only weapon available to them. The time was right. This is a war zone, a Cold War zone and he is now pitted against the most ruthless and highly trained officer in the KGB, Grigorov. He lives with dangerous undercurrents that puts his marriage under severe pressure and costs the life of his unborn child as he goes about fermenting trouble, countering the bag of dirty KGB tricks of sex, subterfuge, blackmail and murder. The authorities declare Martial Law as they try to kerb the growing call for freedom. The General Secretary invites the Polish Pope, John Paul II, to return his homeland. The Kremlin plot for him to be assassinated by a member of the Roman Catholic Church, to finish the influence of the church in Poland, a plot to be thwarted by the young diplomat, posted to Poland. When faced with years in the Gulag and international disgrace the ruthless KGB chief, gives him one chance and one chance only, tired of the game, Grigorov demands asylum in Australia.