Robert Redford Sick Of Kids Asking Who He Is
The book is set during the gold rush in 1897. Here's a brief synopsis:
"1897. Matt, a young peasant U.S. decided character, flees the family farm to live the adventure. Hired on a wharf in San Francisco by two men to the tunes of conspirators, he embarked on a steamer, steering north. There he learns the purpose of their expedition: the Klondike, at unknown river in Alaska will soon be subject to all fantasies. We have found gold, much gold. First come, first served."
If I had to guess, I'd say the story then has Matt getting rich from gold without any difficulty whatsoever. (via The Playlist)