What if you grew up with your parent’s memories in addition to your own? The central premise of the story is that an unintended consequence of human cloning research conducted in Soviet Russia resulted in the replication of memories from the donor. These Soviet experiments aimed to eventually produce a human clone of Lenin from DNA extracted from his remains in the mausoleum. What they produced ws a person with two sets of memories.
The main character, Kate Buckingham was unwittingly smuggled from the USSR to the West as a baby and has grown up as an English girl with two conflicting sets of memories. She remembers places she has never been, people she has never met. She travels to Yeltsin’s Russia to trace the source of her memories and finds herself caught up in mafia killings and political upheaval culminating in her incarceration in the Lubyanka when it’s thought that her memories could provide evidence of atrocities carried out as part of the USSR’s illegal bio-warfare project. Memories that could incriminate a leading figure in Yeltsin’s circle.