Shane Donovan first arrived in Salem as an undercover agent for the International Security Alliance (ISA) in 1984 in search of three valuable prisms the evil Stefano DiMera (Joseph Mascolo) was after. Eventually, he teamed up with Bo Brady (Peter Reckell), Hope Williams (Kristian Alfonso), and Bo’s sister, Kimberly Brady, who was leaving a life of prostitution behind in Europe. Soon, Shane and Kim fell in love (via Soap Central).
Not long after, another mystery took them all the way to England where Shane was shocked to learn his presumed dead wife, Emma (Jane Windsor) was still alive. Shane brought Emma back to Salem, but told her he was still in love with Kimberly and soon the stress of the situation brought on a case of hysterical blindness for Kim. She shut Shane out of her life and became friendly with the much older Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston). When Victor threatened Shane’s life, her sight returned but she slept with Victor to save Shane. Not long after, Shane and Kim reunited, but when Kim learned she was pregnant, she had no idea who her baby’s father was (via Soap Central).