The story of two men who meet at sea and struggle over power, intellect and love is one of the timeless clasics of adventure literature and one of Jack London's greatest novels, brought to TV screens worldwide with a distinguished international cast.
Sebastian Koch (leading part in Academy Award®-winner (THE LIVES OF OTHERS, BLACKBOOK) embodies Captain Wolf Larsen, the notorious Sea Wolf who rules the crew of his ship, the Ghost, with an iron fist. While on the high seas he takes on a castaway, the literary critic Humphrey Van Weyden (Stephen Campbell Moore, THE BANK JOB). But instead of dropping him off at the next harbour, Larsen forces him to work in his crew as a ship boy. The young dandy has to fight for his very own survival in this new, rough world on board. But his most dangerous challenge is the captain himself, who involves him in an evil game.
But Wolf Larsen has another, much more dangerous opponent waiting: His brother Death played by Academy Award nominee Tim Roth, with whom he is in a race for the highly treasured seal-hunting grounds. One passenger on Death's steamship, the Macedonia, is a young writer and ship owner's daughter, Maud Brewster, played by Neve Campbell (SCREAM, THE COMPANY). When she realises that she is caught in a deathly trap on the Macedonia, she escapes in a dinghy - and is picked up by the Sea Wolf's crew. But her presence on board the Ghost only worsens the conflicts between all those involved, not the least of which is caused by the Sea Wolf and Humphrey fighting for the young woman's affections.