Softcover binding has light shelfwear to edges of covers. Pages tight and clean with yellowing due to age. Book appears un-read. 313 pages. MMP Binding. Year: 1978. ISBN: 034528772X. Here is a superb story of adventure and passion set in a glamorous bygone era, against the fabulous backdrops of spy-infested Simla, the glittering palaces of St. Petersburg, garish Peking, and the vast empty world of the Gobi Desert. It is the story of Mark Aspern, a British officer on a secret mission to an exotic land. Matching wits with a cunning Russian spy, he falls under the spell of two different women, one who seeks to use him for her own revenge, and one who wants only to give him love.