“I would also suggest you consider another option.” The doctor cleared his throat. “Consider placing the girl in a sanatorium. Caring for such a child at home must be a burden — both physical and financial. Surely you desire more children. It would not be fair for them if you focus all your attention on one sick child.”
The heat of an old anger rushed through her. Since their daughter’s birth, she’d heard this argument and refused to listen to the same rubbish from one more “expert,” no matter how well- intentioned. Her chair clattered to the floor behind her when she leaped to her feet.
“No.” Her hands fisted at her sides, and she chose her words carefully. “That is not an option. We’ve seen those…places. I won’t let her go there as long as I have any say in the matter. She is not something to be replaced…like an old shoe. She is our daughter.”
Filipov stood, his face darkening. Mother and doctor glared at each other.
In one of Siberia’s formerly closed cities, Alexandra Pavlova, an unemployed microbiologist, struggles to save her daughter’s life. When she turns to Vladimir, her oldest friend, for help, she’s drawn into Russia’s underworld. His business dealings with the Iranians come to the attention of Sergei Borisov, an FSB (formerly the KGB) agent. Alexandra finds herself joining forces with Sergei to stop the export of a deadly virus in a race to save both her daughter and the world.
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