ASSUMING THAT THIS BOOK MIGHT BE KEY TO THE SHOW, HERE IS A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE STORY WITH MY OCCASIONAL INPUT
Fiver, a small, young rabbit, has a gift: he can tell when things are going to happen and he can sense whether they will be good or bad. [DESMOND, WALT, AARON?] Fiver foresees great danger to the rabbits' home warren. His brother Hazel, takes Fiver to the Chief Rabbit, but the Chief Rabbit does not believe him. They are able to convince several other rabbits to leave with them. Hazel is their leader, and he takes advice from Fiver about where to go. The rabbits go through several adventures before Hazel successfully brings them to a field where they believe they can live. [THE ISLAND] But the field is already inhabited by a group of rabbits, [THE OTHERS] who seem strange but let the travelers stay with them. Fiver warns the rabbits not to join the new warren, but they do not listen to him because the living is easy and there is food for everyone. There is something odd about the warren, but they cannot figure out what it is. Fiver figures it all out, explaining to the group that a farmer leaves the great food [DARHMA FOOD DROPS] behind for the rabbits in order to fatten them up before he catches them in his snares. [MOUSE TRAP] They decide to leave, and one rabbit from the new warren comes with them. The rabbits travel on until they reach Watership Down. At the top there is a perfect field for a rabbit warren. They settle down in the field, but then realize their warren will not last long without does (female rabbits). [ABDUCTION OF PREGNANT WOMEN] Two survivors from their home warren, find the rabbits and tell them of a horrible poisoning that occurred. [QUARANTINE] The rabbits befriend a wounded bird and after he heals he searches for other warrens so they can get some does. The bird finds a warren a few days away, as well as some rabbits living in the farm next to the down. The rabbits send an expedition to the warren (called Efrafa) to try to bring back some does, and Hazel sets up a raid to free the rabbits in the farm. They get three of the four rabbits out, although Hazel is badly injured and thought dead until Fiver goes back and saves him. The expedition comes back roughed up, describing the place as a horrible warren run by a militaristic warlord, General Woundwort. [BADLOCKE] Hazel decides that they must go to Efrafa and get some does, because otherwise they will not survive. They sneak to a hiding place close to Efrafa. One of the rabbits engineers a masterful escape, [JACK] and the whole groups flees on a boat just as General Woundwort is about to attack them. However, on the way back to Watership Down, a patrol from Efrafa bumps into them, and tracks them to their warren. Soon after they return, a mouse whom Hazel had earlier saved brings him news that there is a large number of rabbits close by. They realize that the Efrafans have brought a large force to destroy them. Hazel immediately sets the rabbits to work preparing to defend the warren. They bury themselves in and prepare to fight off the invaders, even though they know it will likely cost them their lives. Hazel gets a flash of inspiration and runs off to try to release the dog [SMOKE MONSTER] from the farmhouse and get him to attack the Efrafan rabbits. Meanwhile, Bigwig, [JACK] one of the good rabbits, faces Woundwort [BADLOCKE] in a tremendous battle. Bigwig defeats him, and soon afterward the dog comes and scatters the Efrafan forces. A cat catches Hazel, but the girl who lives at the farm saves the rabbit and lets him go. The rabbits live happily in their warren. They decide to build a third warren halfway between the two and fill it with rabbits from each warren.
[THEN AGAIN, IT MIGHT JUST BE THE RABBIT THEME AND ALL THEY NEEDED WAS THE PICTURE ON THE COVER]