Kemal's friend mysteriously disappears, leaving him a generous allowance and the use of his large house. He discovers that his new dwelling involves an inheritance of $1.3 million, and a Russian nobleman's missing son. Kemal embarks on a missing person case that will bring chaos and romance to his life. Clues lead him from Istanbul to Buenos Aires and eventually Boston. In Boston, Kemal visits the Edgar Allan Poe museum. There in the museum is a poster announcing the Nevar foundation's offer of $200,000 to the winner of a first novel competition. Kemal buys paper and pen. He has decided to enter the Nevar competition with a novel called 'Many and Many a Year Ago'.