A book so cunningly complex and deceptively simple that it almost defies explanation. Set in the nearly unimaginable country of North Korea, Adam Johnson creates some of the richest and most compelling characters and weaves them together in a tale of deceit, pain, wonder, intrigue, and hope. Jun Do, a young man, raised in miserable conditions in an orphanage, grows up to face even more miserable conditions as a tunnel fighter. Somehow gaining notice of his superiors; he gets selected for some special missions that will turn his entire life upside down and shape his destiny. Soon he is kidnapping with abandon, surviving "shark attacks," falling in love, and discovering what life could be like outside of North Korea. A unique literary masterpiece that will give readers pause and won't soon be forgotten.