Well, a chief of a nearby village whose name is Moralsarelastix (that is the Chieftain's name, not the village's name) arrives at the little Gaulish village that we know so well with a cauldron full of money. As it turns out Ceaser has become bankrupt due to all of the wars that he has been fighting and so that he can continue fighting the wars, he has decided to raise some more taxes. However, despite the fact that Moralsarelastix happens to be a Roman collaborator, he is that patriotic in that he is willing to hand over his hard earned money, so he decides to hide it all in the village under Asterix's watchful eye. However, the money is stolen and Asterix is banished from the village until he can get the money back.
Like the other albums in this series, this has a lot of almost classic moments. When Moralsarelastix arrives, Vitalstatistix calls a council meeting, and it turns out that the members of the village council are Getafix, Asterix, Obelix, and Dogmatix. While I can accept that Asterix and Getafix would be on the council, I am a little baffled as to how Obelix got there, but this has probably more to do with the fact that Obelix pretty much follows Asterix everywhere (and Dogmatix follows Obelix everywhere). Another scene has Asterix being tried before the village court, and this time the people who sit on the court are Geriatrix and Cacofonix (as well as Vitalstatistix, who, by the way, does all of the talking – it seems that Geriatrix and Cacofonix are there for window dressing).
Much of the humour in this album comes from the fact that the little Gaulish village actually has no need for money. They simply exist on a barter system and since they regularly halt the advance of civilisation into their little corner of paradise, the need for money (and tax collecting) has never arisen. Thus it seems that Asterix and Obelix, who seem to be able to get through all of their adventures by beating people up, have met their match. Hey, they even try robbing a Roman bank to discover that Ceaser has been there before them and has taken all the money for himself.
My favourite part of the album was where Obelix realises that they can make money by getting Dogmatix to do tricks because he sees this guy with some dogs doing tricks and people throwing money at him. So he goes to teach Dogmatix to do tricks and when he looks up he sees a heap of dogs looking at him cheering. There is the part where they are attempting to make money selling boars, but they have no understanding of the concept of supply and demand, so sell all of their boars for such a ridiculously low amount that the bottom falls out of the boar market.
At least the pirates have a good turn in this one.