On a cold, bleak day in 1916, all hell breaks loose in a mining pit in the Ural Mountains. Overcome by a strange paranoia, the miners attack one another, savagely and ferociously. Minutes later, two men-- a horrified scientist and Grigory Rasputin, trusted confidant of the tsar-- hit a detonator, blowing up the mine to conceal all evidence of the carnage. In the present day, FBI agent Sean Reilly' s search for Reed Corrigan, the CIA mindcontrol spook who brainwashed Reilly' s son, takes a backseat to a new, disturbing case. A Russian embassy attachE seems to have committed suicide by jumping out of a fourth-floor window in Queens. The apartment' s owners, a retired physics teacher from Russia and his wife, have gone missing, and further investigation reveals that the former may not be who the FBI believe him to be.