Northern Rescue is a family drama starring William Baldwin as John West, who uproots his three children from the big city to return to his home town to take command of the local search and rescue service after the death of his wife. As the family comes to terms with their loss, the series explores the effects on their individual lives. The children's Aunt Charlotte struggles to help John and his children heal as she copes with the loss of her sister and her desire to have a family of her own. Along the way, John faces many situations that challenge him professionally and personally. As the family members work on rebuilding their lives, they will come to meet many colourful characters living in their northern community.