Plot & Details
The airport operator Todd Hoffman and his father Jack Hoffman from Sandy, Oregon are on the verge of bankruptcy. When he and his father see the gold price soaring rapidly, they decide to dig gold in the southeast of Alaska, and hire a 90-hectare claim in Porcupine Creek from Todd's famous Earl, who is estimated to have gold worth Approximately $ 15 million. It was already excavated during the gold rush of 1898, at the Porcupine Creek there was even a goldgrass village, which has now decayed. He sells all the dispensable things to buy the needed 180 tons of gold digger equipment and ship it to Alaska. Todd hires the unemployed (Jimmy Dorsey, a real estate broker, James Harness († 2014), a mechanic, Greg Remsburg, a construction worker, Jim Thurber, a metalworker, and Chris Doumitt, a carpenter). All have to work the first time at their own risk without salary, in order to be involved later in the profit. The landlord, Earl Foster, owns 20% of the yield. But already on the way to Alaska there are problems. So they almost miss the freight ship, have trouble with flat tires and fight with ailing bridges.