Sometimes sequels start and feel like a completely different book with time being taken before the characters of the past are reintroduced. Withy this book it feels as if just a minute or two have passed since the moment Viktor stepped on a plane and flew to the Antarctic to escape the mafia.
Almost as quickly he is back in Kiev and searching for a trace of his penguin Misha who he abandoned. He doesn’t find him but meets another mafia boss willing to pay and protect him for his services, this time as an election adviser, and Viktor starts to look for Misha.
The trial on the penguin leads to Moscow but in the meantime his old flat has been taken over by the impostor who wrote his obituary and any relationship he might have had with Nina seems to have gone completely.