The Call of the Wild is a vel by Jack London published in 1903. The story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush period. The vel's central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in the Santa Clara valley of California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, he reverts to atavistic traits. Buck is forced to adjust to, and survive, cruel treatments and fight to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate.