A band of ragamuffins decides to channel their energies into raising money for the underprivileged victims of a fire in their French Riviera town of Port-Biou. Lead by the irrepressible Charloun, the eleven rascals begin with slim pickings -- the sale of fresh fish, the trade of a precious stamp; then they devise more elaborate projects, -- a yachting regatta, a scrap-iron campaign, even a movie and T.V. show. One million francs is their goal and how these ingenious crusaders go about achieving it will make young readers want to jump between the pages and join in. Not everything is fun, for the ""Knights of King Midas"" have their codes of discipline, their setbacks and, inded, their serious loyalties. But their creative activities and esprit de corps are a marvel to watch, -- especially with this authentic typically French, atmosphere.