Jan Mikolášek is the epitome of aplomb and solidarity. He is talented, sensitive, assertive and enigmatic. In his youth and when he is older, regardless of whether he is in private or public, he is a man of action, reason and intuition. A faith healer. Just one glance at the urine bottle is enough for him to know what ails his patient. With fame comes fortune, and seeing as his abilities are useful to both the National Socialist and Communist regime in Czeckoslovakia, he steps in wherever the system fails. But during the post-Stalinist years, the political climate becomes unpredictable. Along with his assistant František, with whom, as the secret police are well aware, he has much more in common than herbal medicine, the charlatan finds his morals being put to the test.
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