A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is
smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount
of cash secreted in a purse round his neck. He is a devout Muslim.
Or is he? He says his name is Issa. Annabel, an idealistic young
German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from
deportation. Soon her client’s survival becomes more important to
her than her own career. In pursuit of Issa’s mysterious past, she
confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of