ason Hawthorn is the protagonist in Jason's Gold by Will Hobbs.
Jason Hawthorn is a fifteen-year-old boy who is stricken with gold rush fever. Hawthorn is originally from Seattle but is in New York when the news of the gold rush strikes. Hawthorn left Seattle ten months before to make it on his own for a year.
Jack London is a twenty-one-year-old writer in the making who travels from California to Canada to be part of the Gold Rush. Oddly enough, London is much more interested in hearing the stories told by those who braved the journey. London and Hawthorn become good friends. The portrayal of London's journey is historically accurate, although fiction has been added to it by the author.