Premise: Although the state's mention in the title was dropped after the first season, Alaska still plays a major role in Discovery Channel's top-rated show. It follows the efforts of gold miners, inexperienced as some may be, hoping to strike it rich in the wilds of The Last Frontier and beyond. For their first effort, a crew led by Todd Hoffman and his father, Jack, sunk $250,000 into their dream and came away with just $20,000 worth of gold. The dismal summer was filled with injuries, malfunctioning equipment and constant fighting among the greenhorn miners, yet their serious case of gold fever trumps any talk of giving up and leads to new operating plans in order to salvage their dream. The series also keeps tabs on the efforts of brash youngster Parker Schnabel, veteran Dakota Fred and longtime Yukon resident Tony Beets to hit the mother lode at separate sites.
Todd finds monster nuggets on the top of a mountain; Parker and Rick struggle with a conveyor; Tony pits Monica against Kevin to see if the dredge is more efficient than a modern washplant.
Todd uses dynamite to blast boulders and get to the gold; Parker has to overcome a flood to get to a record gold count; Tony heads up the freezing Yukon River in his massive power barge.