The winters are brutal in Nome, Alaska, a frontier town in a world where few such curiosities remain. There's a new kind of gold rush going on here, and it's unlike any other. Daring gold miners set their sights on gold far beneath four feet of solid ice on the Bering Sea floor. Fierce conditions won't deter these gold-hungry men and woman, and after cutting through the ice to reach the black sea waters below, the adventure begins. Only an omnipresent fear of death and the physiological and psychological effects of cold water diving under solid ice, including hypothermia, hypoxia, hypercapnia, vertigo, and frostbite separate these miners from their fortunes.
The hard reality of the winter season begins to set in. Partnerships become strained as tempers and egos flare. On the Miss Nomer, Glen LeBaron gripes and Zeke Tenhoff faces the judge. On the Reaper, a discussion about money turns ugly. Emily Riedel snaps over frozen equipment, and on The Wild Ranger, Jason starts to rub everyone the wrong way.
In Nome, Alaska, miners risk their lives mining below the ice on the frozen Bering Sea for a fortune in gold. "Mr. Gold" Shawn Pomrenke is back on the hunt for a payday with his mega-dredge, The Shamrock. Emily Riedel has her sights set on being the best, and as one veteran hits his biggest payday ever, another nearly loses his life.
The dangers of working under the ice are becoming glaringly apparent to the fleet's greenhorns and veterans. Zeke and Glen move to an area of deep sea and become concerned with nitrogen poisoning. On the Shamrock, Cody Moen gets a little too big for his britches.
It's getting late in the ice mining season, and the challenges of finding gold are wearing on the miners. Vernon Adkison has a heated confrontation with a crew member. The Kellys welcome a new diver with potentially fatal consequences. Emily Riedel faces her demons, while the Miss Nomer crew has conflicting gold-finding strategies.
In Nome, gold fever is on the rise as the fleet races to find fortune before season's end. One miner turns treacherous by leaking valuable information to the competition. Zeke Tenhoff battles nitrogen poisoning and a toxic partnership, while Emily Riedel suspects her "Dragon Slayer" maybe sinking the business.
The tides are turning. As competition continues to build throughout the fleet, a turf war has started on the tomcod claim. With the season coming to a close friendships have crumbled and relationships are near collapse, and it’s all for the lure of gold.
Nome, Alaska - With temperatures rising and the Bering Sea melting, time is running out for the fleet of gold dredgers. As the ice begins to fracture, one team sees their dream of getting on the gold float out to sea.
The Bering Sea ice shelf begins to break up, putting the dredges at risk; the fleet scrambles for their last pans of gold.