1927. Klim Rogov, a famous anchorman for a British radio station, never expected to become a Soviet aristocrat, but the position of a United Press correspondent in Moscow takes him to the very top. However, Klim doesn’t care about the lifestyle unimaginable for the common Russian citizen. He arrived in the USSR on a secret mission of his own—he must find his wife, Nina, who was abducted by Bolshevik agents.
With the advent of Joseph Stalin to power, the Soviet Union begins to turn into a monstrous totalitarian state eager to enslave its own people and consume neighboring countries. Very soon, Klim realizes that the only way for him to safely navigate through the menacing game of Soviet politics is to play according to the rules and ignore the horrors happening right in front of him. If he won’t keep his eyes and mouth shut, he will face espionage charges fabricated by Stalin’s secret service and squander Nina’s only chance for survival.