'' In the REZIDENTURA she was she was correct, reserved, did her work quickly and well, with an uncommon intensity....'Quite a creature,' thought Marta, 'and in operations!' Beauty, brains, tradecraft, and incandescent blue eyes. It was apparent that she knew her duty, loved her country, but there was something below the surface, an underground spring bubbling unseen." " Pride, anger, disobedience. And something else, hard to define, a secret side, an addiction to rebellion, as if she courted risk." " Chief of Directorate T Yury Nasarenko waited at the threshold of Egorov's office like a serf waiting to be invited into a barn."