- Author: Jack London
- Copyright: Public domain
- Published in: 1914
- Word count: 113,422 words (≈ about 8 hours)
Note: Written during a time of tragedy, this novel of sea life fails in either its story or doctrinaire intentions. Life has lost its savor for Mr. Pathurst. New York, fame, women, and the arts have all become tedious. Searching for excitement, he books passage on a cargo vessel sailing from Baltimore to Seattle on a route that travels around the treacherous Cape Horn. Pathurst encounters more than he ever expected in rough seas, turbulent storms, and a mutinous crew. His epic struggles aboard the sailing ship Elsinore have given him a new love for life, but will he survive to profit from it?