As a train pulls into Yaroslav Station, Moscow, a teenage girl – Maya – wakes to an unimaginable horror. Her baby has been taken.
Increasingly disillusioned with the workings of Moscow’s Prosecution Service, Arkady Renko is teetering on the brink of resignation when, trying to save the skin of his vodka-loving detective friend Victor Orlov, he becomes drawn into a strange new case. A prostitute has been found dead in a trailer in Three Stations – a dark, notorious part of the city – without a mark on her. With the local police keen to dismiss the death as an overdose, Renko’s curiousity is piqued. Soon he will find that the girl is linked to the extravagant Club Nijinsky; and, as he is drawn into the extraordinary world of Moscow’s super-rich, that nothing is quite as it seems.
Meanwhile, Maya also wanders Three Stations, searching for her baby. Her only ally is a young man, Zhenya – Renko’s own troubled ward – who is drawn to her cause and will guide her through Moscow’s dark underbelly. But neither Zhenya, nor Renko, realise that Maya herself is being hunted. And her seekers will stop at nothing to silence her.