At the turn of the twentieth century, Jack London was the most celebrated author in the United States. As rugged as the wilderness he detailed in his adventure stories, he scratched his way up from a hardscrabble beginning to the pinnacle of publishing. But London heard his own call of the wild. From the details surrounding his conception and birth to the dissolution of his marriage, London's life was fraught with scandal. Despite it all, says award-winning journalist Bruce Watson in this vivid, short-form book, his adventures continue to inspire and ignite the imagination of dreamers everywhere.