Torn by a quirk of fate from his life as a dilettante and intellectual, Humphrey van Weydon finds himself at the whim of the ruthless Wolf Larsen. The two men -- the one youthful, idealistic, and upper-class, the other ruthless, dangerous, self-taught and self-determined -- inevitably become adversaries. As he does in Call of the Wild and White Fang, Jack London here dramatizes the violent encounter between safe, genteel comfort and a brutal set of circumstances. Oscar nominee Stuart Whitman, whose roles have included many rugged characters such as Wolf Larsen, delivers a compelling dramatic reading. 2 cassettes.