Daniel’s story begins at birth, but the Unknowable short stories do not. Through various stories, told from Daniel’s point of view as he recounts them, we uncover his tragic childhood (and sordid adulthood) like an autobiographical audio book.
Daniel explains the slow but inevitable understanding that he is very different from everybody else—and how soul-crushingly lonely that has been. He’s older now, though, and has learned to let a lot of things go. Opting to, instead, just live in the moment and take things as they come. He’s still in search of love, family, community, or anything fit for more than his lifelong party-of-one. But all attempts have proven impossible.
The closest he’s come to having any friends, include: an elderly woman who volunteers for a troubled teen hotline who he can vent to and will never remember him, because of his condition, that he found after getting bored one year and trying every number in a phone book from Madison, Wisconsin; and a pen-pal he managed to acquire during a summer camp exercise he was determined to complete, even though the camp counselors kept forgetting his letter and leaving it behind.
He managed to ultimately sneak it into the mailbox right before it was collected and thus began his longest-running relationship with a young French boy he can never meet, or the entire relationship and lifetime of memories will be wiped from the boy’s memory. He’s had to get very creative in reasons he cannot send photos, but the two of them came to an understanding early on when Daniel revealed his secret for the first time, to his pen pal.
Little does our Daniel know that, despite all of the heartache he’s endured over his lifetime, a stranger has devoted their life to finding this ‘invisible man’ that nobody remembers, and life’s about to get a whole lot harder, and more dangerous—for everyone.
“Hola, mi gente. If you’ll ever even see this and remember it: Me llamo es Daniel, y estoy very lonely, man. But, let’s not dwell on that! Eh? Vamanos.”