Buck had a comfy life in his owner’s California mansion -- he could sleep late and eat until he was overfull -- until he was dog-napped and sold to men seeking gold in the Yukon. He was beaten, forced to pull heavy sleighs and had to fight other dogs to survive. Ultimately, he found a caring owner with whom he formed a deep bond. — Bonnie Winchester
The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London, published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character of the novel is a dog named Buck.
The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes progressively feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs.
By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization, and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.