White Fang opens with a violent prelude to the title character's birth. A starving pack of wolves and wolf-hybrids stalks, kills, and devours two men and their team of sled dogs. One of the females, a wolf-dog hybrid, takes a wolf as a mate and splits off from the pack. Times are still tough, and only one pup from the litter survives, as the rest starve to death. Meanwhile, her mate is killed by a lynx.