To unplug from the modern world, Brett Hines moves his family from the suburbs to the untamed wilderness of central Washington. Setting up their new home in a race against winter, they come face to face with their first off-grid hurdle: predators.
To create a sustainable food system, the Hines start building a greenhouse and Brett sends Drew and Sarah to retrieve a massive trailer that will become a root cellar. But the trip up the mountain proves harrowing.
The threat of fire season pushes Michael to lead construction on the root cellar while Nathan and Joshua craft a water truck, and Ariel makes a tasty treat to beat the heat.
Brett and Danny make a surprising encounter in the woods. Missing their creature comforts from the suburbs, Ariel and Nathan build an off-grid pizza oven and Drew and Sarah design a bicycle-powered makeshift washing machine.
Drastic seasonal changes force the Hines to focus on heating the barn, so Nathan engineers a wind turbine, but it will take brute force and incredible team work to erect the monstrosity and provide much-needed power.
A relentless predator catalyzes Sarah to put her shooting skills to the test as the rest of the Hines family scrambles to insulate the barn, but tensions mount when Brett and Nathan disagree on a plan.
With a storm front moving in and food dangerously low, the Hines clan makes a final push to restock their stores and stay warm. But when two of their own don't return from a trade run, it's up to Brett to rescue them.
Never before seen footage and exclusive insight reveal the how the Hines struggled and endured during their first winter as they built their new homestead in the highlands of Washington, far from the comforts of the suburbs.