When a powerful storm blows through Blue Hill, Anne's children are rescued by a drifter named Jack Kendall. Anne doesn't want this stranger near her children, but they immediately grow attached to him, enthralled by stories of his adventures. Meanwhile, Ben and Ryan are determined to help raise money for their classmate Cade who has leukemia. His family needs help paying the medical bills, and the whole town rallies around them. Inspired by Jack's tales of prospecting in Alaska, the boys begin searing the creek behind the library for gold. Soon they have a large collection of rocks flecked with shiny metal. Could they have really struck it rich?