The Mafia: Murder, extortion and acts of revenge. Whoever attempts to combat organised crime comes up aggainst a wall of silence and is compelled to abandon any semblance of normal life, protected round the clock. Why do thousands of young men join the Cosa Nostra? Johanna Tschautscher finds the reasons not in greed and lust for power but in the search for lost values and a super-identity which the Mafia alone can give its protégés. "Death is a terrible thing, but it is even more terrible to be a nobody."