Who is Napoleone
Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, is Napoleone Di Carlo's birthplace, where his parents, his father an Italian and his mother a French lady, give him a Western education (he studies at the Italian school). But young Napoleone simultaneously assimilates the more archaic culture of the African country where he is growing up and is strongly attracted by the primitive spirituality of the animistic beliefs of these peoples. Following his own natural bent, he becomes a policeman and works as a security officer at the Italian embassy in Addis Abeba. But soon his enthusiasm for this profession fades and he is faced with bitter disappointment. Napoleone - this is the reason for his disillusionment - feels responsible ever afterwards for the failure to arrest the Cardinal, a diabolic criminal he has met during his years in Africa, who becomes his sworn enemy and repeatedly manages to trick and evade Napoleone's grasp.
The Cardinal, disguised as a merchant accredited by the Italian embassy, manages a veritable slave trade and has no hesitation when confronted with the need to get rid of a whole human cargo (small boys taken away from native villages) because Napoleone, too late unfortunately, is just about to find the way to unmask his trafficking. Disenchanted, Napoleone abandons the police force and, following the premature death of his parents (killed during a tribal revolt), he leaves Africa - though he can never forget the charm of this continent.