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In 1908, on a mission to find a new breed of ape in central Africa, an unfathomable thing is discovered – a wild, white man, living among gorillas. Local villagers know of him. They call him matokeo ya utafutaji kwa, the untamed one. In England, renowned photographer, Sullivan Vinson, investigates and discovers the likely explanation, that the man is Sebastian Shaffer, the six year old boy who somehow escaped the massacre of Bishop Hannington's ill fated party more than twenty years previous. Sullivan and his lovely, spirited twenty-one year old niece and ward, Arianna Day, join the team tracking the man. They do not find him but, unbeknownst to anyone, he watches Ari day and night. Believing she is meant for him, he takes her. Arianna is quickly rescued, the man is taken into protective custody and they are sent separate ways, Sebastian to be retaught language and learn social skills, Ari back home to England to try to fit back into her old life. An advantageous marriage proposal awaits, but thoughts of Sebastian haunt her.
Amidst the backdrop of London in the summer of 1908 as the Olympic Games are hosted and the Franko-British Exhibition is held, Sebastian ‘Zan' Shaffer returns to a London he does not remember with one goal in mind, being reunited with Arianna. As a member of Lord Dalton Bluford's household, Zan has no worries over day to day survival, but he struggles to determine where and how he fits into this new life. When a private agent of inquiry finds his relatives, he regains memories and a strong sense of his former self. Lord Bluford makes a proposal of marriage between his granddaughter and Zan, but Zan's goals have never altered. His desire for Ari never faded. Again and again, he and Ari are drawn together only to be ripped apart by circumstances, social convention and Marshall Derringer, the man determined to have her as his wife. But Zan is not the only one with an untamed heart…