Basil Zaharoff, a real person, was a source of great inspiration for the author. He was a Greek arms dealer who grew wealthy through his trade, and was also in turn a business man, spy and manipulating politician. He played a part in many historical events from the Dreyfus Affair to the outbreak of the First World War, not forgetting the scandal of the Panama Canal. With money he accumulated through his trade, he funded the Greek campaign in Asia Minor, which would end in his first setback. At the end of his life, when he lost his beloved Maria prematurely, after years of meeting each other but after only two year’s of marriage, he was only a shadow of himself.
This romantic tale, already a success in Greece, is both informative and entertaining.