「The Tower Country」 —Free Lance— (「塔の国」 ("Tō no Kuni") —Free Lance—) is the eleventh and final chapter of the fourth volume of Kino's Journey —the Beautiful World—. It has been adapted into an OVA, titled「塔の国」-Freelance-.
Kino and Hermes ride into a city containing a tower reaching up into the sky. She meets a boy who does not want to spend his life building the tower which has been built continuously for 230 years. It is the sole obsession activity of the population although no-one seems to know why. One day, the tower begins to crack and crumbles to the ground. Rather than being disappointed, the people rejoice at being able to see it fall, and immediately commence building a new one.