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Mowgli is a 25-year-old architect living in New York City. When he gets a text from his sister Maya, "Happy birthday wolf boy!", it takes him back to his childhood in the jungles of India. Mowgli pulls out his old journal (his "jungle book"), flips through the pages, and begins to re-live the stories of his youth. As a toddler, Mowgli becomes lost in the jungle when a tiger, Shere Khan, attacks his family. He is rescued, and adopted by two wolves, Akela and Raksha, who raise him in their pack. Mowgli learns "The Law of the Jungle" from a bear, Baloo, and a panther, Bagheera. The trio have a series of adventures while trying to keep Shere Khan from killing Mowgli. Eventually the tiger turns the wolf pack against him, and the young boy is forced out of the jungle, and back into the town. There, he reconnects with his human mother and sister, Messua and Maya. The town hunter, Buldeo, threatens to harm Mowgli and his family; now there's a human bully inside the town and a tiger bully outside of it. Mowgli must use the help of his animal and human families to defeat the threats. In the end, he understands we need to "let in the jungle" – to connect the human world with the natural world in order to keep things in balance.
But he still has to make a choice about his identity: is he wolf, or boy?
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