This is chapter 1 in"City of Thieves" by David Benioff, in this chapter is shows the readers how Lev and his two other friends were watching the skies then a German soldier had fallen from his plane and died.
As they friends investigated the German's body, Lev had found a German knife and hid it on his body. After realizing a GAZ had approached them, they call ran for it but Lev had to help Vira catch up but got arrested.
In the Crosses, a famous russian prison , Lev had been put into the dark by himself then heard footsteps of guards escorting a large man next to his cell. The man was named Kolya, he offed food to Lev.
As Kolya and Lev had followed the giant male, they arrived at his apartment building as the giant led them into his home. Lev saw a piece of meat hanging near the giant's wife, it was well hidden not for Lev.
The two males walked through a forest, heading for Mga for a dozen of eggs. As they approached the woods, they could see corpses of Panzers, Dogs, and Russian troops hanged or buried in snow with signs.