Summer temperatures at an all-time high disrupt the seafloor, causing miners to find new strategies. Shawn fights a legal battle. Ken tries to keep his gold crown, while Emily and the Kellys look to expand their operations.
As summer kicks into gear, Ken and the Myrtle Irene get stuck in the mud. The Kellys are forced to bail out at Fort Davis. Elaine tries to make up for lost time due to Vernon's late start. And Shawn receives word on the fate of the Christine Rose.
Tensions fly as Brad leads The Reaper into hostile waters where Emily defends Claim 14 from claim jumpers. Shawn hunts an elusive pay-streak. Ken puts a risky Myrtle Irene repair to the test.
Shawn's rocky pay-streak takes him for a wild ride. Kris raids another claim but a rival dredge fights back. Vernon loses patience with his crew's performance. Ken tests a new operator to keep running around the clock.
With a massive storm about to hit Nome, Shawn and Ken push their operations to the brink to get one last score in. Emily gambles on untested ground. Kris battles bad attitudes. One dredge pushes too far into the storm, forcing its crew to abandon ship.
After the raging storm, Ken learns the Myrtle Irene’s fate. Shawn uses a new tool to hunt for new hotspots. Emily brings on a new crew member from her past. Vernon tries his luck at river mining. Kris gambles on an alliance to turn his season around.
Shawn confronts his dad for the sake of the family operation -- to disastrous results. Emily brings her father aboard The Eroica. When Vernon loses a diver, he turns to an unlikely replacement -- his daughter Elaine.
As summer's end approaches, Shawn claws his way closer to the top of the gold count. Emily leaves her unpredictable father to tend on the Eroica. Kris works his new partnership in pursuit of a brighter future. And Ken pushes the repaired Myrtle Irene.