Stephen Yorpan had escaped the drudgery from his former country of the Ukraine nearly a decade ago, but he had done it in an illegal manner. The year was 1917 and the Bolsheviks had just come to power in Eastern Europe and Stephen was part of a family that were all involved in the pre-Soviet intelligentsia in the Ukraine which made them number one targets for Stalin's henchmen to execute. These executions were done in order to eliminate the old type of thinking and usher in the new communist thought and those that did not submit would be executed or sent to slave labour camps in Siberia.
Stephen's family was living just west of Kiev in 1918 when one night there was a knock at the door. The dreaded knock that they had heard about. Stephen's father quickly signaled for him and his sister to hide. The pounding at the door continued but this time there was yelling. The family knew it was the secret police. The father opened the door and Stephen heard his parents start to argue with the secret police. Then his mother screamed in horror. Seconds later her scream became muffled and they were whisked off into the night. Stephen could still hear a man in the house as the police must have known that there were kids in the flat. He then heard his sister yelp in terror as she was taken away. Stephen awaited his fate, but they never found him hiding underneath a floor panel under the oven.
Now alone and in hiding the twelve year old boy then roamed the streets for several years before escaping to Turkey, but soon Stalin's agents tracked him down. By the age of 16 Stephen was on a boat to Canada by purchasing fake documents from a man Bulgarian man living in Turkey. On his trip to Canada, at every turn he was looking over his shoulder for Stalin's secret police.
During the boat ride Stephen was sure that Stalin's secret police were following him and planning to kill him. But Stephen stayed savvy and alert. On the trip there was one man that he feared. It was a man dressed in black with a crooked nose and bent teeth and a face that was pock marked. Stephen had noticed that this man appeared to be eyeing him but as long as Stephen was amongst others the man would not kill him.
Upon arriving in Canada Stephen realized that the man in black was still following him around in various cities. Finally Stephen boarded a train heading west but so did the man in black. The whole ride Stephen was aware of his stalker, making sure he kept his distance and stayed in large crowds.
At the train station in Edmonton the man in black seemed to have vanished but then only days later Stephen had seen the man on the streets in the small town of Vegreville, Alberta. Again Stephen became paranoid and neurotic, living his life looking over his shoulder. Then one day Stephen asked a friend about the man in black and his friend told him he was okay and that he had also immigrated from Ukraine.
Then about a year later at the age of 22 Stephen died a mysterious death. The man in black was in attendance at the funeral and the next day headed back to Moscow to report to the Kremlin.