Another panel in the international picture this plays a light across espionage and double agents based in the two sections of Berlin, moving to Paris and to Venice. Schell, famous for his exploits and mystery, is hired by Col. No. 1, American, to get Soviet scientist Maikov out of Russia, is hired also by Col. No. 2, of the Soviet, to get information from the Americans. Schell discards a mistress to Col. No. 2 and later to a wealthy visionary from the Philippines; he marries timid Natasha while he vacations on Capri and when he decides to face the irony of giving up his career as a spy. Col. No. 1 has assigned his nephew to pass on misinformation to Schell's Edda, in her first job for the Soviet; he also calls off Schell because of Maikov's death while Schell, intent on regeneration, finds his hideout in Switzerland where Natasha must stay for her health. His retreat is an answer to ""espionage is now the symbol of the evil in the world..crystallizes this whole god damned cold war"" and his life, likened to a tarantella, is reviewed in deliriums of historical interpolations from Tiberius to Louis XV to Stalin... A special taste, trained by earlier Aldanov, for this.