Swashbuckling, drinking, womanising... It's a tough life being an outlaw in the future...In this riotous tale of the near future, Nikolai Dante is caught by the Parliament of Shadows: a cabal planning to overthrow the Tsar. He is given a stark choice - do the cabal's work or face execution. Decisions, decisions...The Russian rogue is teamed with beautiful assassin, Mai Tsai, and sent to the Himalayas where a lost mountain fortress hides a secret weapon. But nobody has ever found the Forbidden Citadel and returned alive. Meanwhile, the Tsar's notorious Imperial Black regiment - renowned for their cruelty and brutality - also searches for the citadel. This deadly army is led by Ivanov the Terrible, a ruthless sadist who has an old score to settle with Dante.The snow runs red with blood as Nikolai fights for his life on the roof of the world!Also in the series: The Strangelove Gambit, Honor be Damned.