In 1999, a peace initiative was underway for the Middle East and people were joyful. Ostrovsky reflects this with music and a sun illuminating a clear, blue sky. The man at a table is studying a plan to divide Jerusalem into three pieces, but he holds a tourist map, an encouraging sign. The chess pieces identify Judaism, Christianity and Islam—the religions which share the Holy Land. Behind the man is a woman holding a codebook. For now, she waits. Behind her is an ominous figure deep in shadows. We know only that he has a stake in what is happening in Jerusalem.