For most of his life, Ken wanted to be a "real miner" like his dad. This is the second summer that Ken is searching for gold with a crew that includes his longtime-friend, Guillaume, but mining is not Ken's only goal. He also needs to prove to Kina, his city girl wife back in Vancouver, that his time away is worth it.
Born in Quebec City, Guillaume is the French Canadian yin to Ken's yang. As Ken's right-hand man, Guillaume puts his mechanical skills to work to help keep the equipment running. He too has a young family to provide for back in Dawson City. It is a make-or-break season for these two buddies and Ken and Guillaume are learning the hard way that striking it rich on the Klondike gold range is a lot tougher than it looks. But even when things go wrong – as they inevitably do – their dreams never die.
Big Al is a newbie in the Dawson gold fields. After a lifetime supervising huge crews in the oil patch for corporate giants, he decided it was time for a change, trading black for gold.
True to his name, Al didn't just buy a claim and start small – he went BIG and bought an entire mining camp complete with an excavator, bulldozer, and a working sluice plant. During his first year, Big Al learned the hard way that mining machines were built for two things – mining and breaking down – and he spent more time dealing with expensive breakdowns than mining for gold. This year, Big Al means to get what he came for – gold – and lots of it. Big Al's crew, comprised of Hiro, the Japanese mechanic, and Eric, the aged hippie, is one of the wackiest mining crews ever to tackle the gold-laced creeks of the Yukon.
Self-proclaimed to be the "world's greatest prospector," Bernie Kreft is the loud, proud, hard-driving commander of his young crew. Driven by a deep need to succeed, failure is just not an option for Bernie.
This season Bernie has a rematch with a claim he attempted to mine 10 years ago. At the time, the price of gold was down and the economics for a placer operation just didn't add up. This year, Bernie is back and hopes to cash in. Bernie's small crew consists of his two young sons and their friend, none of whom have spent a summer mining before. Bernie must juggle being a dad with being a boss, all while trying to chase a potentially elusive dream.
Twenty-six year old Karl Knutson has been handed a huge opportunity – running his very own gold mine. Son of the highly respected, self-made, Marty Knutson, Karl has big shoes to fill and even bigger expectations to meet.
But first he'll have to overcome some obstacles. With dog Lenny by his side and his best friends, who make up his hardworking crew, Karl is ready to take on the challenge.