Afghanistan, 1989. After five years of honorable but involuntary service on the front lines, ex-convict Nicolai Chiernenko found power and respect in the Soviet Army. Not that it counts for anything. The USSR has lost the war in Afghanistan and is in retreat. Tempers are rising and discipline is breaking down on base. Nic can only count the days until he regains his freedom.
The day before Nic leaves to start a new life in America, the body of a teenage soldier is found dumped in a ditch outside base. The boy’s sergeant calls in a favor and begs Nic to help him find the killer. Nic has the connections to sniff them out, but the only clue he has is the method of execution: a deadly technique straight out of the Russian special forces handbook.