In the violent upheaval of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Anton Klassen races toward Petrograd to oversee his family's business. A train delay and an impromptu walk in the Russian countryside bring him face to face with a desperately praying Tsar Romanov. The soon-to-be-deposed tsar entrusts Anton with a precious legacy--a priceless heirloom and a young woman he claims is a treasured family servant.

Dogged by a deadly, faceless enemy, Anton and his young charge, Oksana, struggle to survive in the midst of turmoil. As they search for safety, love sets their hearts ablaze. They long for peace and togetherness, but the secret of Oksana's true identity could tear them apart. And when the enemy attacks, will Anton be able to overcome his pacifist Mennonite roots in order to protect someone he loves?

Downs and Warren complete their Heirs of Anton series with verve. Deft plotting, lovely turns of phrase and a veteran hand with romance lay the bedrock for the series' reverse chronology structure. (Oct., 288 pp., $9.97)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson