Story Romeo is a young boy living in the Swiss Alps in the late 1800s. He lives with his parents and two younger brothers in a small mountain village, where things haven't been going too well for them of late — a few of their crops burned, and they only have one remaining field. Things get suddenly, horribly worse, when a man referred to as the Shinigami (God of Death — who bears a striking resemblance to Jet Black of Cowboy Bebop, scarily) arrives in the village — looking for prospective children to buy, then sell into slavery. And he's got Romeo in his sights.
The Black Brothers: These are Romeo's fellow chimney sweeps in Milan, all young boys. They look out for each other as best they can in a city that takes no interest in their continued existence.
There is, perhaps, a bit of simplicity in many of its characters — those who are freakishly good, and those who are one-sidedly bad ... but there's also great depth in many others. And while I want to crack Anzelmo's head like an egg, I have to admit that he is one sharp little bastard ... and even the characters I don't particularly like are all rather interesting. (Michaelo discounted....
Romeo is a kind-hearted boy, who was raised in a loving environment. For this reason, he is excessively optimistic that no matter how bad things may be, they will inevitably work out in the end. It is this reasoning that allows him to survive the many hardships that he is forced to endure after he sells himself into what amounts to slavery.
Romeo's Family: His father taught him to be brave and strong, and do what is right. More than once, Romeo makes difficult choices based on what he believes his father would do.