Continuing the adventures of the clever and lovable cats introduced in the wildly successful Hunt for Fred-X, Buzzer Louis is summoned to Italy this time by his cousin Césare Pepperoni Giaccomazza who heads up the Rome Bureau of Interpol to once again track down that evil international catnabbing villain Fred-X. Fred-X, assisted by his European girlfriend Frieda-K and an unscrupulous cardinal from the Vatican, is stealing Italian cats to be sold into the international slave trade. Buzz heads for Italy, taking along his best friend Cincinnati the dancing pig, his pretty and petulant sister Dusty Louise and - as interpreters - the hilariously funny tiny twin pranksters Luigi Panettone Giaccomazza and Luisa Manicotti Giaccomazza. Fighting the greedy forces of evil, they enlist the aid of a band of Greek stunt cats and Il Papa - the pope, himself - in a diabolically clever plot to put an end to the owls' criminal ways once and for all time. ¿¿
As they track Fred-X across the Trentino from Rome to Bolzano to Venezia, they learn a little Italian history and culture and learn to speak considerable Italian. You will, too, from the 750-word Italian vocabulary built into the text and in an extensive glossary/pronunciation guide.