Set in tropical French Guiana on Christmas Eve in 1910, the story concerns the Ducotel family, Felix, Emilie and daughter Marie Louise, who, with great inefficiency manage a general store. The shop is deep in debt and on the way from France is the evil-minded cousin to evict the family from the business, accompanied by his cold-hearted nephew, who is jilting the daughter for an heiress back in Paris.
Three convicts (two murderers and a swindler) on work release from Devil’s Island prison, hired to repair the shop roof, overhear the situation and conspire to assist the family. Drawing on their collective checkered pasts and criminal knowledge, these benevolent scoundrels make it their business to set matters right.
A delightful holiday comedy, eccentric and off-beat, that gaily ripples along while the trio of unlikely saints and the little family float through the turmoil. The play has more than a few things to say about power, money, class, and innocence. Heroes are not always on the right side of the law and sometimes villains may be quite respectable. We are warned against judgments made on outward appearances.