Count Andrei Volkonsky, second son of an aristocratic Russian family, which means he has three choices: the military, the Church, or dissipation.
After taking a near-fatal wound at Borodino he will go into the clergy, but will leave it when he discovers that the real place God wants him is in the world.
Living humbly, he studies to become a doctor, and treats the wounded on many battlefields. He is a second cousin of Count Leo Tolstoy, and the long-rumoured model for Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, Tolstoy’s great childhood friend.
From the imagination of a friend.