'Imperno Quartaro - domiciled in shanty 1783 on eighth ridge of Immigrant Hill. Eldest
of nine children. Father and mother now dead.|
Has scavenged and begged in city streets to obtain food for his family. Has great pride in the traditions of the Casanas, from which district he was brought when younger. Doesn't run with a gang, as do other boys of the Hill.
Is a lone wolf and possibly a dreamer.'
Father Billum's summary.
The first story, set in this South American city, to feature the young streetwise Imperno Quartaro.
The book originally held 25 stories and these were reduced to 23 for the 1966 3rd impression, and
further reduced to 16 in 1979 for that year's 'abridged' edition.
This story was retained at least until 1984 and probably later.
More details of the different editions can be found on the book's page via the Index.