Mark is a good-looking, young British professor of philosophy at the University of Alabama. Aside from teaching, he spends his time playing rugby and partying. His life then changes forever when he goes to check out some wolf cubs after seeing an ad in a local newspaper.
Smitten by one of the little wolves, Mark decides to take him home. Brenin, as he calls his new companion, promptly sets about destroying Mark's house. Conclusion? The animal can never, under any circumstances, be left on his own.
The two become inseperable. Brenin not only accompanies Mark to rugby games and post-match parties all over the South-Eastern United States, he even goes to all his philosophy lectures, where he's known to steal students' sandwiches from their backpacks and interrupt the flow with a bout of howling.
Mark begins to wish he were less like the ape he is and more like a powerful, graceful wolf. "Heidegger thought our rationality made us better than other animals," Mark muses. "Which proves one thing: Heidegger never went running with a wolf."
Far more than just an exotic pet, Brenin exerts an immense influence on Mark, both as a person and a philosopher. As they move together from America to Ireland and finally to France, Brenin leads Mark to re-evaluate his attitude to love, life and death. The Philosopher and the Wolf is a funny, poignant and ultimately deeply moving journey of exploration of what it means to be human.
Brenin is being adapted by stage and screenwriter Stephen Raphael from the incredible true story told in Mark Rowland's book The Philosopher and the Wolf.