What happened to the Czech Republic, the former country of Václav Havel? The author tries to give an answer with an allegorical story about animals. The main characters are nutrias.
A Czech enterpreneur breeds them on his farm, as the Velvet Revolution of 1989 arrives. The nutrias set out to find freedom – just like people. Should they stay on the farm where the owner takes care of them? Are they supposed to go into the wilderness where nothing is certain? They overcome the temptations of consumer society and later of populist propaganda. The crucial test occurs when other nutrias come swimming over to join them.
This humorous fable for adults and children tells about the search for oneself in a changing political system and also about the burning issue of migration in a post-socialist country.
Marek Toman actively participated in the student movement in 1989.