Luca Bastardo lives on the streets of Florence, Italy, in the early 1300’s. He has no knowledge of who his parents were, or how he became lost from them. All he knows is that he is different from the other homeless boys he befriends.
His hair is blond (and a little red) and everyone else has brown hair. He is clearly smarter than the rest of the children, as well as many of the adults. Luca is strikingly beautiful, and being so brings him much grief.
For reasons unknown to him, Luca is very nearly immortal (hence, the title of the book, Immortal). But how? And why? His long life causes him to experience much more suffering than a “normal” man would have to endure. Sometimes, Luca believes God is laughing at him.