The Sea Wolf is by Jack London. Humphrey Van Weyden is "rescued" from a shipwreck and finds himself aboard The Ghost, a sealing vessel captained by Wolf Larsen, a deranged and abusive man. He must learn to survive or die at sea. This 1904 maritime classic depicts the clash of materialistic and idealistic ideology, not to mention, shipwrecks, mutiny, cruelty, and escape. The plot becomes formulaic at the end, but it is a classic nonetheless.
Ratings: 9th grade - 9 out of 10 - MP (mild profanity) - V (violence).