The story is about the friendship between young Martina and Leonardo, the magic cat Mozot, and their journey into a magical world that metaphorically describes the two youngsters’ psychological progress from sorrow to serenity.
It all starts on a winter day, when the enigmatic Mozot meets Martina, a young girl who has been left to stay with her grandparents. Like many children today she feels neglected by her parents, often forced by their frantic careers to spend long periods away from home.
Mozot is a wild cat of the woods who knows nothing about “cat therapy” principles, yet with his affectionate presence he helps Martina and Leonardo become aware of the deeper impulses of their psyche, overcome their earlier teen-age anxieties and recover their joy and serenity in life.
The journey unfolds among various virtual planets (each one representing a critical aspect of adolescence to be addressed and resolved), where they meet historical feline deities, mythical characters and cats belonging to famous men and martyr cats killed by human cruelty. It is a cultural progression in which the milestones of Thinking throughout History are retraced in an unexpected and entertaining manner; thereby offering an opportunity for considerable historical, artistic and philosophical enrichment – in line with the latest Edutainment theories.
But the book also conveys an important ethical message. As this fantastic journey draws towards its end in a “Feline Paradise”, Fulke, the cat of the philosopher Giordano Bruno, acts as guide for Martina and Leonardo. Like a latter-day Virgil he teaches them to champion new environmental values by becoming the "Voice of Nature", speaking up for the rights of all living beings who have no voice. The young people – who have yet to develop their ideals – are now charged with a veritable ‘mission’.
Owing to its educational content and to the presence of over 150 links this book is particularly suitable for use in school. Creative exercise sheets using modern communication technology have been included for this specific purpose.
Note: Mozot and the other cats in the novel are represented as bipeds standing as tall as the youngsters, the way animals are usually portrayed in cartoons.