Banco continues the adventures of Henri Charrière - nicknamed 'Papillon' - in Venezuela, where he has finally won his freedom after thirteen years of escape and imprisonment. Despite his resolve to become an honest man, Charrière is soon involved in hair-raising exploits with goldminers, gamblers, bank-robbers, revolutionaries - robbing and being robbed, his lust for life as strong as ever. He also runs night-clubs in Caracas until an earthquake ruins him in 1967 - when he decides to write the book that brings him international fame.
Made into a movie with James Caan, this book tells the real story of a man, Tom Leonard, looking for his children, who have mysteriously disappeared with his former wife. For 8 years, he fights his way through to the Supreme Court, only to be rejected. When his ex suddenly calls one summer, he out finds the strange truth. He and his kids are victims of a Justice Department cover-up. The story is riveting, and heart-rending.