Economic issues flare up in the Season 1 finale. A downturn in oil prices leads to a gamble by Liberty; and Larysa and Haley start selling puppies in order to pay for their wedding. In other events, Ben pushes forward with his lockbox invention; and Sean's dream of being a full-time pastor could come true.
Work at a Liberty Oil site comes to a halt due to problems in a nearby well; Ben and Phoebe search for childcare; Jennifer turns to family and friends for help with her wedding; and Haley comes up with a risky plan for the trucking business.
Mechanical issues bring work to a halt in the oilfields; a new resident searches for decent housing; and a trucker and her fiancée hope to make a decent living in what's become one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S.
The documentary series about life in North Dakota's oil-rich Bakken region begins with the realities faced by a trucker who works 14-hour days; a pastor who makes ends meet by working in the oilfields; and a judge who deals with a surging crime rate.