Paolo is alone and friendless in the Grand but Cheerless Villa Montorella. His only companion is a harsh governess, Fräulein Helga. But Paolo does have one pleasure. Hidden in the neglected garden is the Bronze Trumpeter – a magical statue.
Then Paolo meets Harlequin sitting by the statue. He is one of the ‘Comedians’. They have returned from the mists of time to bring joy and laughter to the village once more.
Paolo is overjoyed, but why is Fräulein Helga afraid of the Comedians?