A clerk at the State Bank befins to tice that something strange is occouring, bank employees are stuffing their pockets with money, only to have it taken by the security guards who search the employees every night and confiscate the cash. There is a discrepancy between what is confiscated and what is returned and the clerk suspects a secret circulation is developing. In his family life the clerk and his children accquire pet guinea pigs which the clerk conducts secret experiments on, teaching them tricks and testing their intelligence.
Ludvik Vaculik is the author of a number of number of novels and essay collections. One of the leading literary figures during the Prague Spring of 1968, his manifesto The Two Thousand Words led to his banishment from the Communist Party, the censorship of his writing, and decades of persecution. Kaca Polackova has translated numerous prominent Czech writer in addition to Ludvik Vaculik, including Josef Skvorecky and Bohumil Hrabal.