Based on W. Somerset Maugham's experiences as a Britist secret agent in WWI, these spellbinding interwoven tales are so grippig and realistic that they became required reading for recruits entering British intelligence.
London, 1938. Julia is a true West End diva: beautiful, talented, wealthy, and famous. She has a devoted husband who has masterminded her brilliant career - but after years of the spotlight she begins to suffer from a severe case of boredom and longs for something new and exciting to put the twinkle back in her eye. She finds what she is looking for in a handsome young American fan, who adds a few more sparks than Julia was hoping for.
In 1918, Larry Darrell returns home from World War I disillusioned with his materialistic society. The quest for inner peace leads Larry to reject his rich fiancee, Isabel, and go searching for truth in the Himalayas. But Larry learns that the path to enlightenment is as painful and narrow as treading the sharp edge of a razor.