Der tyrannische Kapitän Wolf Larsen beherrscht Mannschaft seines Robbenfängers "Ghost" nach dem Motto Miltons in "Paradise Lost": "Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven". Während seiner letzten Fahrt sucht er die widerstrebende Miss Brewster zu verführen. Diese zieht ihm aber den zunächst schwächlichen Schriftsteller Humphrey van Weyden vor. Larsen mit einer meuternden Manschaft im Konflikt versucht verzweifelt die Tatsache zu verbergen, dass er erblindet.
Bosworth was attracted to 'Jack London (I)' (qv)'s work due to his out-of-doors filming experience and the requirements of his health, which obviated acting in studios. "In all my reading I have never come across better material for motion picture plays than Jack London's stories, and I hope to go right through the whole lot." In 1913 he formed his own company, Hobart Bosworth Productions Co., to produce a series of Jack London melodramas. He produced, directed and starred in the company's first picture, playing Wolf Larsen in _The Sea Wolf (1913)_ (qv), with London himself appearing as a sailor. The movie was released in the U.S. by W.W. Hodkinson Corp.