As the 2016 summer mining season begins, gold in Nome is drying up, pushing miners to extreme new locations in a desperate search for gold. Zeke heads miles off shore to Sledge Island while Shawn seeks to build his empire with a new claim.
The miners of Nome continue their far flung explorations in search of new gold. Zeke and Emily head to Sledge Island and Shawn continues his dreams of gold at the Bluff. Meanwhile, the Kelly's reputation may sink them before the season starts.
Desperate to find new gold, Shawn pushes himself and his equipment to the limit. At Sledge Island, the deeper water triggers dangerous side effects for Zeke. The Kelly's go upriver for a shot at redemption.
Shawn's obsession with the Bluff reaches a tipping point. Zeke and Emily only have enough fuel for one more trip to Sledge Island. Undeterred by obstacles, Nome newcomer, George Young seeks his fortune on the Bering Sea floor.
Halfway through the season, Shawn Pomrenke needs to find a massive amount of gold at the Bluff or his empire could be ruined. After the debacle that was Sledge Island, Zeke and Emily reach a breaking point. Meanwhile, Nome newcomer George Young is buried in debt, but remains optimistic.
Anxious to reverse his fortunes, Zeke makes a dangerous solo dive. The Kellys risk a thirteen mile trip in their rinky dinky dredge. George is desperate to prove he's a capable diver before his brother leaves Nome.
A back injury hobbles Shawn. Kris finally puts the Kellys on gold, but the claim owner is having second thoughts. George is in a tight spot when getting gold means defying his brother.
At the mouth of the Penny River, Emily saves Zeke from a generator fire. Kris strikes a deal with the last willing claim owner in Nome. George loses his best diver and brings his son, Landen, to dredge in the Bering Sea.
While injured, Shawn depends on his crew and the mercy of the Bering Sea to salvage his empire. Zeke and Emily find a career saving spot, but toxic fumes could threaten more than their season. George faces a final dive and cleanout to determine his fate.
The Pomrenkes battle land and sea to vie for new gold rich mining ground. Desperate, Zeke and Emily risk both their life and careers in a dangerous boating maneuver. Kris has one last chance to prove himself as a captain and his mining skills if he wants to stay in Nome.
Brad, Kris and Andy Kelly came to Nome to make an easy fortune. Things haven't quite worked out. After years of conflict, the Kellys are hoping to finally transition from rags to riches.
The inside dirt from the miners who suffer from gold fever and who spend every waking moment on a desperate quest for a cure.