Stella is a retired agent, who is disturbed that someone seems to be sending young wanna-be spies after her, to try to kill her. But she's retired now, and doesn't want to have to keep sleeping with one eye open! She's also anxious to see her two children again, now that they're both adults. But her second child, her son, doesn't want to have anything to do with her. So the invitation from her daughter is a chance for her to reconnect with the child she hasn't seen since the divorce, so many years ago. She hopes it will heal both of them. If only she can keep herself alive for long enough.
The resort is owned by a friend of Kelly's. The rumor is that Ivan is a retired KGB agent. But he never admits anything to anyone.
Read all about the first meeting between Stella and Ivan here.