The Wind in the Willows is a study of conservative backlash. A rich toad, living from inherited income, inhabits an oversized mansion, collects and crashes expensive automobiles and inflicts mayhem in the countryside. Imprisoned for car theft and reckless driving, his residence becomes a workers' cooperative.
However, Toad escapes through various deceits and allies himself with counter-revolutionary forces which unite to dispatch the squatters and recapture the house. Highway speed limits are eventually introduced by the authorities to appease and control the masses.