As a young Soviet student in 1978, Ieva could not have predicted that a holiday visit to her father, Imants Lešinskis, then working in the Soviet mission at the United Nations in New York City, would irreversibly split her life in two. Entangled in a dark spy game, Ieva was forced to leave her former life behind, never to see her mother or her homeland of Latvia again.
During the aftermath of the 1991 coup d'état attempt, a part of the KGB archives in Latvia were seized, including the files of more than 4300 active informants. The publication of the records was delayed for decades until four years ago when politicians decided to task historians with exploring and then making public the contents of the archives. Lustrum was one of the state administration principles in the Roman Empire, providing that in every case of political power transfer the outgoing officials would ceremonially confess all their sins and swear allegiance to the new authorities.