What would you do if you struck gold? Just think about that for a second — Everyone has an idea of what he or she would buy or where they would go if they were suddenly rich. Fifteen-year-old Jason Hawthorn, a boy from Seattle, is no different. As Jason boards the ship heading north, he doesn’t realize the dangers that lie ahead. And he doesn’t realize that thousands of other people have the same idea as he does. Biting cold, wild animals and illness are just a few of the obstacles he will face on the trail.