A peaceful summer morning in Moscow is invaded by a column of tanks rumbling down a quiet tree-lined street. People are protesting in the streets, independent news outlets are being silenced, and Mikhail Gorbachev is declared unfit to run the country. His whereabouts are unknown.
It is August 19, 1991, and the communist hardliners are attempting a coup with plans of eliminating Mikhail Gorbachev and turning back his democratic reforms.
"What will happen if they win?" asks Marina, the teenage protagonist.
"It will be Stalin's regime all over again."
A chilling prediction indeed.
Moscow Dreams is both a coming of age novel and historical fiction, with changes in the former USSR paralleling changes in the lives of the young protagonists. After the coup, Marina and her friends are thrust into drastic social, political, and economic changes. Security is replaced by questions and doubts, and the only thing that is constant is the feeling of uncertainty and the impermanence of life.