The Dark Days of winter are ending in Tanana, Alaska. Villagers have spent the last six weeks stuck inside, burning through critical supplies of food and fuel. Now, they’re emerging to restock.
But, the biggest blizzard of the year is gathering speed, heading straight for Tanana, and threatening to shut the town back down just when it’s at its most vulnerable. Joey Zuray tries to warn his dad, Stan, to take shelter from the storm, but Stan’s dogged attempt to set his trap line gets him caught right in the blizzard’s path.
Pat Moore is running out of fish to feed his sled dogs, and desperation pushes him to resurrect an outdated fish trap design. However, when he cuts corners on its construction, he could be jeopardizing the family business. Charlie Wright wants his son, Bob, to prove his commitment to the subsistence lifestyle but when Bob’s focus strays, Charlie doles out a tough-love lesson, frontier justice style.
About Life in Tanana
Just 100 kilometres from the Arctic Circle lies a town on the edge of civilization: Tanana, Alaska. This frozen village of 200 people is part of an unknown America where men hunt and trap to survive, subsisting like modern day cavemen.
Hypothermia and starvation are a constant menace, and at these extreme temperatures, animals stay deep in their burrows or take shelter in the far hills. It’s an epic struggle to find the meat and fur vital to the town's survival. As prey gets scarce, predators get desperate for food, and can set their sights on the hunters themselves, or worse, unsuspecting villagers.
Each changing season brings new struggles, new threats and new dangers, and to keep their way of life alive, a small band of men risk their lives to put food on the table.