Билингвы и книги на иностранных языках. Young Valentina Ivanova charms St Petersburgs aristocracy with her classic Russian beauty and her talent as a pianist. Unbending in their opposition, her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count. He brings to her life a passion and an intimacy she has never known. She scandalises society when she begins a romance with Jens Friis, a Danish engineer. Valentina is forced to make a choice that changes her life for ever... Russia, 1910. The Tsar, the Duma and the Bolsheviks are at each others throats. Valentina struggles for independence and to protect her young sister from the tumult sweeping the city, as Russia is bound for rebellion.