After witnessing his father's suicide a year early, a boy moves with his mother and new stepfather to Palm Springs. Having developed both drug and attitude problems since the suicide, his parents think its time for a change of sceniery. Once there, he quickly learns the ins and outs of small town life from his next door neighbor. But when he finds a mysterious girl running in the sprinklers on the golf course behind his home he learns that not everything is as it seems. Meanwhile, two neighbors fight over property lines, as one's daughter develops a crush on the new boy.
Songs: Frank Sinatra
-- Ain't That A Kick In The Head, Ben Lee
-- Catch My Disease, Coldplay
-- Don't Panic, Jack Johnson
-- Good People, Snow Patrol
-- It's Beginning To Get Me,
-- Just a Ride, Ashlee Simpson
-- Love, Teddy Geiger
-- Possibilities, Frank Sinatra
-- Summer Wind, She Wants Revenge
-- Tear You Apart, Damien Rice
-- The Blowers Daughter
As Johnny attempts to win Greta's heart, Nikki, Johnny's former girlfriend, arrives in Palm Springs. At a fundraiser, Nikki gets drunk, which causes a scene and ruins Johnny and Greta's first date but catches Cliff's eyes. Meanwhile, Cliff tries to get rid of Tess's latest boyfriend; and Johnny learns that Eddie's death was suicide, which becomes more complex when he receives a mysterious e-mail video of Eddie.
Songs: OK Go
-- Here It Goes Again
Johnny continues to pursue Greta, but Nikki breaks his trust when she throws a party at his parents' house.
Greta reveals disturbing information about the night Eddie died; and Johnny learns that Eddie's mother still lives in the area, so he pays her a visit. Meanwhile, Cliff plots to get his mom to dump her gold-digger boyfriend; and Nikki goes on a wild car ride with Cliff.
Liza tells Johnny that she witnessed Cliff and Greta running away from Eddie's house the night he died. Believing that Cliff and Greta had a hand in Eddie's death, Liza breaks into Cliff's house to search for proof. Meanwhile, Skip, Greta's father, returns to Palm Springs and immediately begins to flirt with Tess and Karen.
Johnny confronts Greta after seeing the bloody angel costume that Liza found at Cliff's. Greta admits that she and Cliff found Eddie's body, but left for a different reason than Johnny assumes. Meanwhile, Nikki catches Cliff kissing Mrs. Nolan at Tess's party, which leads to their breakup.
When Johnny spreads news of Cliff's affair with Mrs. Nolan to Liza and Greta, the group concludes that this may have been the reason behind Eddie's murder. However, Johnny is soon brought back to doubt and distrust when he finds a video of Liza and Eddie kissing. Finally, Cliff struggles to regain Nikki's affections while fending off Mrs. Nolan's advances, and Tess and Skip continue their affair.
The first season concludes with the identity of Eddie's killer being revealed. Johnny is certain Eddie's mom is involved in her son's death and that the evidence is on her laptop computer. Meanwhile, Cliff attempts to get Nikki to give him a second chance; and Karen and Bob decide whether they should stay together or separate.