Janine Harding, a naturalist who fled academia and the sexist values of The Depression is studying wolves in the Wyoming mountains, where she discovers a young boy being cared for by the wolves.
Miranda Thymes is beside herself. Her son, Jordy, a special child, has just been teleported from Eridani II to Earth so the doctors can fix him. But the transport company informs her that a temporal displacement caused him to arrive on Earth 700 years early, in 1937.
Janine, struck by Jordy's sweetness, his intelligence, and above all, his loneliness, bonds with him and he with her. She resolves to keep him; who will ever know out there in the wilderness?
But Miranda and her escort follow Jordy into the past. Minutes before they must return to the future, they locate Jordy and Janine. As seconds tick away, Miranda reaches for Jordy, but he clings to Janine...
...and of course, there's the missing camel.