Deep in the wilderness of Alaska is the toughest town in America: McCarthy. The 42 souls brave enough to live here must battle the elements to maintain their pioneer way of life.
The last days of winter bring change. The future of the town lies in the balance. Jason races the melting river crossings to reach his crashed airplane.
As seasons change in McCarthy, the town is haunted by its darkest day. The icy ground thaws into a quagmire, and old-timer Tim Mischel is marooned at his remote cabin.
Spring means locals can finally reach the outside world to resupply. Jeremy walks a bull calf home through bear country and faces off with a hungry black bear.
McCarthy is under attack from awakening bears. Jeremy's livestock is attacked and he goes on the hunt, while Gary searches for horses spooked by a grizzly.
Hidden in McCarthy is the largest man-made ruin in the world, and Neil wants to open it up to tourists. Jenny finds a secret creek that holds gold.
McCarthy's future lies in the balance as Neil takes the last steps towards a town-wide electrical grid. Locals are pushed to their limit, so Jeremy calls a meeting.
The town meeting erupts over Neil's power grid, and Jeremy must decide if McCarthy is worth fighting for. This battle has been brewing for years. A showdown is coming.