In St. Petersburg, Russia, world chess champion
Aleksandr Bezetov begins a quixotic quest: He launches a dissident presidential
campaign against Vladimir Putin. He knows he will not win, and that he is
risking his life in the process, but a deeper conviction propels him forward.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, thirty-year-old
English lecturer Irina Ellison struggles for a sense of purpose. Irina is
certain she has inherited Huntington’s disease, the same cruel illness that
ended her father’s life. When Irina finds an old, photocopied letter her father
wrote to the young Aleksandr Bezetov, she makes a fateful decision. Her father
asked the chess prodigy a profound question—How does one proceed in a lost
cause?—but never received an adequate reply. Leaving everything behind, Irina
travels to Russia to find Bezetov and get an answer for her father, and for
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