Srubov is a part of CHEKA, the secret police Lenin established after the
Bolshevik Revolution. They arrest, interview for a minute, try in ten
seconds, and execute intellectuals, aristocrats, Christians,
anti-Comunists, and their families. In the building basement, five
people at a time are shot as they stand naked facing wooden doors. No
one to remember their last words; no martyrs, just anonymous bodies.
Daily, the kangaroo court, the executions, the loading of bodies onto
wagons. Srubov is cold, distant, sexually dysfunctional, and a deep
thinker, hated by former friends and his family. As he tries to reason
the nature of revolution and the purpose of CHEKA, he slowly goes mad.