During the late 1920s, Berlin finds itself engulfed in uncontrolled and irrational violence between rival gangs and political factions. The conflict escalates as Stalinist extremists clash with Trotskyists, while Germans face off against their Russian counterparts, resulting in brutal confrontations. Meanwhile, the seeds of National Socialism begin to take root as defeated German military officers form secretive militant groups. Amidst this turmoil, impoverished neighborhoods coexist alongside thriving commercial centers, all while a severe economic crisis looms on the horizon.
The book is extensive and intricately woven, featuring a cleverly structured plot. Seemingly insignificant details later prove to be crucial in the unfolding of the story. Constant unexpected twists challenge the presumed certainties, effectively capturing the atmosphere of fear and uncertainty in the era, just before the nightmare takes hold. Simultaneously, the author paints a vivid picture of a society indulging in pleasure and entertainment, seemingly oblivious to the impending consequences.