In an isolated valley nestled in a mountain range near the sea, Mollyville exists.
Rich with cutting-edge technology and abundant in natural resources, Mollyville thrives as a self-policing, paradise community with beaches, cliffs, exotic forests and a system of unknowably vast subterranean caverns that extend beyond sight. Social media is a construct of the past. No emails. No smart phones. No telephones.
It’s a whole new world separated from ours by distance, exclusion from world maps, and self-reliance. Mollyville is completely off-the-grid.
“Nothing living shall go without love, companionship or care—not a snake, not a tree, not a house—not ever.”
It is a covenant all residents have agreed to uphold on a personal level at all times.
Mollyvillian culture is unique in the way that there’s no formal law enforcement, but rather an integrity-based peacekeeping by way of calling for ‘a recognizing’ when it’s deemed by influential members of the community that the peace and/or safety of Mollyville is threatened. In this instance, a fluctuating, self-assigned faction of residents take on roles of marauders to exact (a sometimes brutal) satisfaction, making a demand of retribution on behalf of the perceived victims or the community at large, and redistributing their wealth to those who are esteemed to be the most deserving under the circumstances, which sometimes but not always results in the deaths of the targets—though, this happens only in the most extreme cases of offense to the community. Freedom is recognized as one of many inalienable rights and the culture dictates residents give each other a wide berth, tolerating all but some transgressions in the name of keeping the peace.
Bjørn Olsen, a healing psychopath in his golden years of self-recovery, struggles to maintain his cool in the idyllic seaside commune of Mollyville. Plagued by rotten adult children, a careless promiscuous wife, and a vindictive ex-girlfriend, Bjørn finds himself struggling against his dark side to stay in the light.
Infuriated by his blackmailing son and fueled by his own jealousy, he finds himself at the bar talking to his wife’s used-to-be best-friend. In no time at all their quiet conversation escalates. He had no idea she’d become so bitter. Shouting allegations, she causes a scene.
As the salacious gossip rips through Mollyville, whispers of ‘a recognizing’ bleed through the community, Bjørn begins to fear that he, his wife Eva—and maybe all of the Olsens are targets for murder.
Miles away, new arrivals to Mollyville, Janik and Nohl, two dodgy grifters tired of selling ‘sensual massages’ and asking for rooms and food on credit, decide to give up their lives of petty crime, allowing themselves to be mentored in the hopes of making Mollyville their new home. Plateau Nick, a crazy artist who prefers life in the forest, offers them a better way of life, and it looks promising, but they are soon to discover that—just like every other place they’ve been—there will be a price to pay.
If you could take an idea from one of your works and implement it into society,
what would that be and why?