On tonight’s episode of “Edge of Alaska,” the town of McCarthy has not always been a quiet place; in fact, it was at one time called Alaska’s “Defend the Frontier.” Now it is no longer an isolated place where people go if they don’t want to be found. Neil Darish finally got his wish and turned it into a tourist attraction, but he has bigger plans than the town is aware of.
As the episode begins, the streets of McCarthy are deserted, but one man wants to change everything. Neil Darish is flying over the Motherlode Mountain in a helicopter in hopes of surveying the entrance. A snowstorm averted him from doing this last time, but now he is hoping to get help to reopen the mine to tourists and will have to advise the townsfolk about his aspirations.
At the Keller homestead, it is Bjorn’s tenth birthday, for his gift, he received a hunting knife. His wish when he blew out his candles was to camp by himself. Jeremy makes a deal that he will go with him, and allow him to spend a night alone, while he camps nearby. Jeremy took Bjorn to find a suitable campsite for his first solo.
As Neil is looking over his land acquisitions, Ron Simpson, the Kennecott Historian comes by. Meanwhile, Gary Green is making a supply run in his airplane with Sheila, his neighbor and a frontierswoman who killed her first caribou at sixteen. They are on a run to feed the Sheila’s horses that are starving and several mares are pregnant. Gary and Sheila found the horses from the air and now he is having a difficult time trying to find a place to land.
At the Kennecott Mill, Neil and Ron are going over the plans of the Motherlode Mine. Ron advised Neil that there are many air shafts and ways to enter the mine, but he then warned Neil that in the course of building part of the mine, the workers desecrated three graves of his people, so Neil must be respectful in his endeavor.
Sheila and her friends Kathy and George are going on the escapade to feed her horses via snow machines because Gary could not land on the high snow. It is a ninety-two mile trip on the machines and she is glad to have the company. As Sheila is going over a ravine at Cooper Pass, she hits overflow when water runs down and constantly freezes over itself many times making slush, it is referred to as quicksand of the North Country. George tries to help free her from the four feet of quicksand she is in but the winch is not working. As night fell, the only light was the headlights on the snow machine, as Sheila and friends toughed it out. They made it to the corral and started a fire, and then Sheila went to work feeding her horses.
Neil is organizing a town meeting to garner support for his dream and to find people willing to work for him. When a meeting occurs, news spreads quickly. When someone went to the Keller homestead to advise Jeremy, he was out with Bjorn. Once the fire was going, Jeremy decided to leave Bjorn to his solo camping. Jeremy was about 150 yards away and watching him from above. Jeremy sees Bjorn going for his rifle that they safely hung on a nearby tree. He did not shoot, but stood his ground until his dog came after him to keep him company. In the morning, father and son had breakfast together. Jeremy was proud of his son and told him so.
When Jeremy got back, he heard of the meeting, and rushed right down to town. Neil told the locals how he wanted it to be the biggest tourist attraction in Alaska; and he needed their help. Tim and Gary were in agreement with Neil which did not sit well with Jeremy. Now he feels that Neil’s plan is to divide the townspeople on this episode of “Edge of Alaska.”