The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel written by Jack London. The gripping story follows the adventures of a dog called Buck as he slowly uncovers the primitive nature that is buried deep inside of him. Told from a third-person limited point-of-view, the story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his comfortable home as a pet and forced into the harsh life of an Alaskan sled dog. He becomes gradually feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight for survival, as well as dominance, over the other dogs. Buck eventually sheds the veneer of civilization — and through primeval instinct and learned experience, he emerges as the legendary leader of a wolf pack.