When Pierre comes in the Eternal City for a holiday, he has no idea what exciting experiences await him.
The surprising connection he develops with Giovanni, the unwilling pickpocket, leads to a battle with a highly dangerous gang of Roman thieves and cutthroats led by Giovanni's rogue cousin, Paolo.
When the gang unintentionally obtains top-secret documents from the Belgian Embassy, where Pierre's father works, a race against time begins. Will Monsieur Le Vallier be able to recover the documents before the fraudsters sell them to a foreign power for a significant sum of money? Monsieur Le Vallier’s career, the reputation of the Belgian government and more than one life all hang in the balance.
This is a narrative about friendship, commitment, honesty, bravery, and risk-taking. It is also an excellent method for children to learn about the Eternal City, its geography, and its major monuments. Young readers will be taken on a tour of Saint Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum, and other famous sites and sounds of the Capital of Christendom as they follow Pierre and Giovanni on their zany Roman journey. With a little Italian terminology thrown in for good measure, this book is the ideal present for fun-loving Catholic children!