Gherman is your typical Russian soldier; young and not unattractive, poor, and pining for a beautiful woman whose name he doesn't know and who is above his station. He also has more than a passing interest in gambling, and why not? If he's not prepared to risk something, he'll never amount to anything. Fate steps in and provides him with his obsession's name — Lisa — and also supplies him with a gambit. Lisa's grandmother, the countess, is the legendary Queen of Spades, a former beauty famed for her mysterious and foolproof gambling system; she can't lose, and she also can't reveal the system or she'll die at the hands of the man with whom she shares the secret.... More >>>