Kuto was born into a life of indignity. His family were servants to a wealthy Monaco family, and he was constantly treated as less than human. He grew up seeing the lavish lifestyle of his employers, while he and his family lived in poverty. When Kuto was old enough, he left Monaco to make his own way in the world. He vowed never to return to that place of servitude and humiliation.

For a time, Kuto did well for himself. He found work as a fisherman in Nice, and managed to save up enough money to buy himself a small boat. He even met a woman and started a family. But eventually, misfortune struck and Kuto lost everything: his boat, his home, even his wife and children left him. Once again penniless and alone, Kuto had no choice but to go back to Monaco – the one place he swore he would never return to