At age nineteen, Misha found himself alone and without a future when his parents and siblings were destroyed in a car bomb attack. He gained two things from the experience: a need for survival and an overwhelming desire for vengeance. He turned to his childhood friend and cousin, Louis, for the advice and training he would need to accomplish both. Together, they decided to find and free a third friend from their childhood, Vasily, from a KGB prison in Poland. It had been Vasily who renamed the five-year-old Michael when he came to live with his Austrian family at age four. From that time on everyone close to him called him Misha.
Louis was the eldest of the three. He was a second son of an aristocratic French family and so trained from an early age to fight in order to protect his family. While Misha had always been analytical and serious, Louis was a bit of a joker, volatile, delightful, and tempermental. He was an expert marksman and technology specialist.
Vasily Sobieski is the son of a famous post-war solo anti-soviet specialist. Vasily's parents were killed when he was four years old. Western intelligence agents rescued the boy and brought him from Poland to Austria where he grew up with Misha. As a teenager, Vasily returned repeatedly to Poland to participate in anti-communist and anti-Soviet activities. As a result, the KGB jailed and tortured him many times. Vasily neer said much, but had a fascination with the people, especially the women, of the west because they so unaware of danger.