Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to excel. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin. . . In a single ‘sliding-doors’ moment, a double twist decides their future. An epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and thirty years, relays his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. Great read.