Chief Inspector Paul Gerardi is called to investigate a murder in the Matonge district of Brussels. The victim is Léon Tchité, a political opponent of General Bombé, the leader of the rebels in the African state of Kitangi, a former Belgian colony. While fleeing, the murderer is involved in an accident. At the hospital, Paul Gerardi discovers that he turns out to be a member of Salamander. When the murderer comes out of his coma and is able to speak, Paul is called to the hospital.