Jose Rizal's "El Filibusterismo" is one of the classic works of Filipino literature, and one of the most memorable characters of the novel is the enigmatic Simoun. A mysterious jeweler and pawnbroker, the elegant financier glides through the hallways of power in the peculiar "frailocracy" of the colonial Philippines, hobnobbing with prelates, colonial bureaucrats, and the native elite. Always immaculately dressed and never seen without his distinctive tinted spectacles, Simoun hovers around the halls of power, ready to provide favors for favors, sharp-tongued advice, or a little loan here and there for his friends. Woe to those who cross the man, for he always seems to know the details of past misdeeds that he can wield like the sword of Damocles.
A man of smiles and honeyed words, unbeknownst to many, Simoun is a man pursuing a vendetta. Wronged by Church and State, betrayed by his own people, his family destroyed and his lady love sent to a convent to be the plaything of an amorous friar, Simoun is determined to set the halls of power on fire, an explosive revenge that would make Edmund Dantes proud.