In the series premiere, Tree Hill is a new place. Much has changed in four years; but, in many ways, the journey is just beginning.
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Tensions run high as Lucas must face his past and choose his future, all while discovering the demands of coaching the Tree Hill Ravens. Haley makes the decision to hire a nanny, which will bring much-needed help into their home. Plus, Haley's first day of teaching turns out differently from what she expected. Meanwhile, Jamie sets his sights on a Soap Box derby race and enlists Skills to help him out. And Mouth's excitement about his new job is tempered by his demanding new boss.
Lucas's editor wonders about Lucas and the timing of his recent creative inspiration. Brooke and Peyton make business plans, while Mouth tries to win points with his boss, Alice. Meanwhile, Lucas and Skills finally make some headway with the Ravens, and Nathan tries to wrestle free from the legacy left by Dan.
While Brooke makes plans for Clothes over Bros, Peyton finds she has her hands full when the musician she just signed turns out to be problematic. Meanwhile, Haley's own interest in music leads her back to the recording studio. Nathan tries unsuccessfully to corral a defiant player, Quentin, and Mouth's relationship with his boss grows heated.
In an episode set three years in the past, Lucas visits Peyton in Los Angeles with an offer that will change their relationship forever. Under pressure from Victoria, Brooke must make a difficult decision about the future of her clothing line. Whitey is concerned when Nathan's temper flares on the night of the college basketball championship. And Haley struggles to balance the pressures of school and being a new mom.
Lucas confronts Peyton about her harsh treatment of his editor, Lindsey, and Brooke intervenes when Victoria meddles with Peyton's record label. Meanwhile, Nathan grows closer to Jamie's live-in nanny, Carrie, and Haley is challenged by her difficult student Quentin. Plus, Mouth is torn between loyalty to his coworkers and his illicit affair with his boss, Alice.
It's a Tree Hill reunion as the entire gang gathers at Tric to see musical group The Honourary Title perform. Peyton and Haley see this as an opportunity to introduce their musical act; Carrie sees it as her chance to get closer to Nathan. Meanwhile, Brooke forces an unsuspecting Mouth to go on a blind date with Millicent. And Lindsey confronts Lucas about sneaking off to see Peyton.
While Haley wrestles with whether or not to reveal information that could ruin Lucas' relationship, Peyton admits her true feelings to Lucas. Brooke makes a play for Owen. Mouth tries to convince Millicent that he's a better man than she thinks he is. Nathan is put in a position that could spell the end of his marriage. And, to add to the drama, Lucas and Skills face the coaching prospect of playing their season opener at a disadvantage.
At the first Ravens basketball game of the season, Haley, Brooke, Peyton, Lindsey and Mia find themselves locked in the Tree Hill High library. Tensions run high as Peyton and Lindsey face off over Lucas, and Brooke tries to stand up for her mother when her friends go on the attack. Plus, Haley plays mentor to Mia, who is experiencing the elation and disappointment of fame. Meanwhile, Mouth, who is covering the game as his first official TV reporting assignment, struggles to find a story.
When Brooke takes Owen to New York for a glimpse of her other life, she's faced with a ghost from her past. Nathan and Lucas muster their courage to attend Dan's parole hearing, and Haley reels from a devastating blow to her marriage. Plus, a major record label takes an interest in Peyton's recording artist.
On the eve of their own wedding, Lucas and Lindsey conspire to save Nathan and Haley's marriage. Brooke pairs Peyton with a surprise old boyfriend, all the while dealing with Victoria. And Rachel returns to Tree Hill to face old challenges; Dan also returns, hoping for a fresh start.
It's Lucas and Lindsey's wedding day and Peyton must choose whether to intervene or lose her true love forever. Nathan uses the occasion to attempt to reconcile with Haley, and the recently paroled Dan shows up for the family reunion.
Lucas picks up the pieces after being left at the altar by Lindsey, while Nathan and Haley deal with the repercussions of Jamie's abduction. Meanwhile, Brooke is haunted by her past as she considers adopting, and Peyton gets a visit from an old friend.
Lucas and Peyton finally discuss Lucas' aborted wedding. Meanwhile, Brooke gets a phone call that could change her life, and Millicent and Mouth take a new step in their relationship. Haley takes the first tentative steps toward a new career, and Nathan contemplates what it would take to get his game back.
Lindsey returns to Tree Hill for Jamie's fifth birthday party, giving Lucas hope for their relationship. Brooke and Peyton prepare for life with a new baby. Meanwhile, Dan tries to insinuate himself back into the lives of his family, ultimately divulging a grave secret to Nathan and Haley.
Lucas investigates Dan's heart condition while Haley struggles with letting Dan into Jamie's life. Nathan urges Quentin to reinvent his game and Brooke juggles her career and life as a new mother. Meanwhile, Peyton tries to assuage her guilt over Lucas' breakup, and Mouth gets a shot at being a sports anchor.
Lucas is crushed by devastating news. Brooke's baby undergoes emergency surgery. Haley wrestles with her decision to record a new album. Skills and Nathan, in an effort to salvage the Raven's season, employ a risky game plan, and Lucas stuns Peyton with a shocking truth.
Brooke deals with giving up her baby, while Lucas deals with the residue of his actions following his game-night scuffle. Haley has a musical breakthrough and Peyton gets news about a ghost from her past. Meanwhile, Nathan and Jamie face their fears together.