This book has a powerful message, it was the last book written by Leo Tolstoy. The backdrop is Russian social life at the end of the 19th century. This is a story about sin and spiritual regeneration. Tolstoy takes readers on a journey through Russia’s corrupt courts and foul prisons that culminates in a ruthless march to Siberia. A powerful depiction of the injustices of the legal system, the novel assails the vices of petty officialdom and the hypocrisy of organized religion.