Night in the Swamp is a time when danger lurks. Joe and Tommy are night scouting for a new honey hole, but while they're looking for gators, another paycheck presents itself: the shrimp are running. They head off hoping to bag a boatload before sunrise. Tonight, Terral, his wife Dana and their friends are headed out in search of the fabled monster of the Honey Island Swamp. R.J. and Jay Paul have been dealing with a poacher that is stealing their gators. A dead engine foils their night plan to find the thieves and suddenly the duo is waiting for rescue in the dark. Willie Edwards can never work enough, and nighttime snake hunting helps him make money around the clock. In the Landry family, frogging under the full moon is a family tradition. On this night, Troy, Jacob and Troy's dad Mr. Duffy head out in search of tomorrow's dinner. The Guist Brothers know the swamps as well as anyone. But under the cover of night, even the most experienced swamper can get turned around.
Deep in the heart of Louisiana lies America's largest swamp - a million miles of inhospitable bayous, marshes and wetlands where nature rules and humans struggle to tame it. Many of its inhabitants are the hardened descendants of French refugees who were forced out of Canada in the 18th century and settled in this harsh yet majestic environment. Today, these people are known as the Cajuns, a group renowned throughout the world for their flavorful cuisine, distinctive music and vibrant culture. Resilient, self-reliant and fiercely independent, the Cajuns of the Atchafalaya Swamp still carry on many of their ancestors' trades and traditions.
HISTORY follows these swampers through a time of year that is crucial to their survival: the 30-day alligator hunting season. At its core, this is a uniquely American story of a proud and skillful people fighting to maintain an ancient way of life in a rapidly modernizing world, despite the many perils and trials that stand in their way.