Buck lived with Judge Miller at a big house in Santa Clara Valley. He explored and played with the Judge's grandsons; living his best life.
Manuel, one of the gardener's helpers, took Buck on a stroll. He met up with a man, and money clinked between them. Manuel doubled a piece of stout rope around Buck's neck, and handed the ends of the rope to the stranger. When the stranger received the rope, Buck growled menacingly.
Buck was thrown into the baggage car of a locomotive by two strange men. He laid in the baggage car for a weary night, nursing his wrath and wounded pride. Buck laid awake confused on his whereabouts, and why the people had wanted him.
Buck came across the man in the red sweater after exiting the baggage car. The man in the red sweater clubbed him to show him his place.
Buck was sold to Francois and Perrault. Buck and Curly—a good-natured Newfoundland dog—watched the receding Seattle shoreline from the deck of the "Narwhal," and it was the last Buck saw of the man in the red sweater.
Buck stepped upon snow for the first time. The snow puzzled him; he sniffed it curiously, and licked some up on his tongue. Buck was going to have to get used to it, for this was his new life.