"Life did not stop, and one had to live . . ." July 1805, St Petersburg, Russia: A country on the brink of attack. A city on the threshold of war and disruption. Five Russian families will find out just how their lives are going to entangle during t.
Count Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 on the family estate of Yasnaya Polyana, in the Tula province, where he spent most of his early years, together with his several brothers. In 1844 he entered the University of Kazan to read Oriental Languages and later Law, but left before completing a degree. He spent the following years in a round of drinking, gambling and womanizing, until weary of his idle existence he joined an artillery regiment in the Caucasus in 1851.