The Baron Nikolai Ugenberg was born in Estonia, in the late 19th century. Profiting from the civil war between the White Russians and the Bolsheviks, he manages to stabilize the Mongolian empire, build a powerful army and take power. Mystic, staunchly Buddhist and inflexible, he is sickened by speculation and European politics. He intends to stretch his empire from Vladivostok to the Atlantic. Far from the traditional image of the tsarist officer and haunted by his dreams of greatness, the Baron is fiercely independent, an extreme rigorist, attached to his troops and cruel beyond all comparison.