At some point in the future, Finland has been divided into two counties, north and south. In the north, animals have been accorded full civil rights. A former drummer, Maksim Kuorikoski, has set himself up as a modern day shepherd in the ruins of an old church. Unfortunately, the only sheep in his flock is a suicidal alcoholic. Maksim also has other problems to contend with: a runaway animal spirit, the neighboring farmer who is having an affair with a goat, a horse who has ditched his soul, and worst of all, since animal slaughter is no longer legal, hunger.