The midway point of the mining season is fast approaching, and the prospectors are anxious to make a profit. Problems at Moose Creek continue to plague Ken Foy and Guillaume Brodeur. First their excavator breaks down, and then one of their crew disappears with a vital piece of equipment. At Snow Creek, Bernie Kreft's luck is finally starting to change as he hits pay in an old river channel. But his joy over his biggest payday yet is tempered by his son Justin's lack of enthusiasm.