In the summer of 1990, Davey and Camilla spend a carefree month in a Tuscan villa with Rachel and her enigmatic Russian friend Igor. Sharing food and drink and sex and talk, the four become very close. If anything is slightly amiss, they ignore the signs. It's an enchanted summer they will always remember.
And then the nightmare begins. Igor flees back to Moscow and repudiates his friends, attacking them viciously and publicly on Soviet television. Rachel will never recover from his betrayal, and Davey has reasons he cannot admit for taking it hard.
One year later, the Soviet Union collapses. Igor drops out of sight. Rachel tries to forget him, but seven years later Camilla picks up his trace in, of all places, Samarkand. Igor has moved to Central Asia and opened a bar.
The Cafe Maracanda attracts a wide range of clients. Tourists enjoy...