Mykhailo Illienko’s “Firecrosser” is the true story of a Soviet
wartime hero whose life is transformed when he is sent to one of
Stalin’s Gulags for the “crime” of falling into German hands as a
prisoner of war.
The ace pilot loses his wife to a deceitful best friend who tells
her he’s dead. Released from the Gulag he manages to make his way to
Canada, where in a story arc that must rank among the more unusual in
Soviet times, he ends up becoming the chief of a Red Indian tribe.