In the frontier town of Nome, Alaska, there’s a gold rush on. But you’ve never seen gold mining like this before — here, the precious metal isn’t found in the ground. It’s sitting in the most unlikely of places: the bottom of the frigid, unpredictable Bering Sea. And there are a handful of people willing to risk it all to bring it to the surface.
Shawn is the co-owner of the Christine Rose and Shamrock; two highline dredges that reign supreme in Nome.
He and his family are fixtures in town year-round, running their increasingly successful mining company. Shawn can be short-tempered and combative with his father, Steve (and anyone else, for that matter), as evidenced by an epic argument in the back of their tool trailer last summer.
Shawn just wants to provide for his family, and has devoted his life to mining, to the extent that he dropped out of school and had to finish teaching himself how to read. Beneath the rough and tough exterior, Shawn is a kind-hearted person.
After a record-breaking summer season, Shawn has modestly given himself the nickname "Mr. Gold." This season, it remains to be seen if he will stay and work for his father, or take his abundant skills to another one of the million-dollar operations that have been born in the wake of the new gold rush.
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