|Once, there was an island where it was always spring...
...An island somewhere in the South Seas, with green
forests and wide lakes. And mountains, let us not forget
the mountains. Tall mountains with deep roots, filled
with one of mankind's most precious treasures: diamonds.
The name of this island is Malynera, and its king is
only a child.
Patalliro the 8th, King of Malynera, is
ten-years-old. From the day he was born, everyone knew
he was... unusual. He is a hyper boy, with flashes of
genius, moments of thoughtless cruelty, and the ability
to make a bad pun out of anything. Smart, but only a
child and so he often does very stupid things.
Patalliro! is his story.
He lives in a world very similar to our own, but where the bizarre
is commonplace. He manages to get into all kinds of trouble, from international terrorists, to space aliens, to accidental time-travel.
His first challenge as king is to stay alive, when a group called the International Diamond Syndicate decides that they want control of the Malynera diamond mines. This is how he meets Bancoran, who was
assigned to be his bodyguard during a trip to Britain. It's also how they meet Maraich, who was one of the assassins sent by the IDS.
Patalliro is almost always accompanied by his army of Tamanegi ("Onions", so-called because of their onion-shapped wigs). The Tamanegi all wear identical masks, wigs, and glasses, and are known only by numbers. They are Patalliro's protectors, but protect the world from him just as much as they protect him from the world.