Rubies in the Snow
Cast your mind back, to the early years of the 20th century. To Russia. An endless country of icy wastes and dusty plains, of silvery birch trees and black earth. A country of extremes. Of unimaginable wealth and unspeakable poverty. Of excess and hunger. Of culture and cruelty. A country ruled for nearly 300 years by one family, long accustomed to power and privilege.