The knight Bořek sets off on the trail of his missing son. Little Jan has run away from home, rushing after a dream, an illusion about the holy mission of children. His aging father searches for him in every possible way, trying to catch up with his son. But he arrives everywhere too late, finding only witnesses who say they have seen the boy. He manages to glean some scraps of information from them and tries to use them to piece together his son’s fate. He even projects his lost son onto children he encounters on his journey. Gradually his image of the boy becomes more blurred; Bořek’s state of mind starts to crumble and the landscape through which he travels ever onwards increasingly resembles his mental landscape. The only material evidence he finds are items associated with Jan: his little sword and christening coin. These are real clues but he is unable to assess them properly. In the end he is unable to distinguish between reality and a theatrical representation of the myth.
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