Vodka : It is December of 1991, and the Soviet Union has just collapsed. Muscovites are used to lines and empty shelves, but now they have to cope with a dangerous power vacuum - and a war between brutal mafia gangs for control of the city. Alice Liddell, an American banker, has come to Moscow to oversee the privatization of Russia's most famous vodka distillery - the Red October. Faced with the charismatic, ruthless Lev - distillery director and head of one of the warring mafia gangs - Alice's very difficult job is starting to look impossible. Lev's archenemy has vowed revenge on him, and a series of bizarre child killings is only adding to the complications and the terror of this dangerously volatile time.