It's all in a day's work for the residents of Savannah, Georgia... Lane has been kidnapped by Jack Buchanan, and is declared missing by the Savannah Police; Reese is left toiling in jail after getting caught up in the drug sting that Veronica and Vincent had set up to ensnare Tom; leaving Peyton to deal with the arrival of Nick Corelli, Travis' heretofore-unknown twin brother, who has arrived in town to meet Travis' wife and in-laws after discovering a few months ago that both he and Travis were adopted. For his part, Nick stumbles right into the revelation that Travis might have had even more secrets, when he is hunted down by two goons asking after a mysterious object called "The Centurion" that Travis last had. Dean, meanwhile, is hot on the tail of Jack Buchanan, who is planning a fiery end for Dean, while Lane gamely attempts to escape from her captor's snake-ranch. Back in Savannah, Tom confronts Veronica over her part in Reese's conviction; while Edward, after being held at gunpoint by a vengeful Lucille, teams up with Brian's mother Eleanor to destroy Peyton.
After the explosion at the cabin, Dean - and the rest of Savannah - operate under the assumption that Lane died in the fire, and he is forced to break the news to Reese. Together, they commiserate over her "death", but their closeness is misinterpreted by a snooping Peyton... Lane, however, is alive and well, still with Milly, and despite numerous attempts to escape ends up locked in the basement once again, her fate solely in the hands of Milly... Back in Savannah, Tom and Veronica are both fingered as suspects in the setup that landed Reese a conviction, and the two go out of their way to ensure the other goes down for the crime. Meanwhile, Peyton takes in the high life at the Alexander mansion, but finds herself targeted by Eleanor - although Peyton's not without a few tricks up her sleeve; and Nick continues to investigate the Centurion Emerald, while trying to remain close to Travis' former friends.
Reese and Dean attempt to find Lane. Peyton ends up unknowingly helps Nick get rid of the emerald. Tom manages to turn the tables on the police after he fails to goad Veronica into confessing her crimes on tape.
Peyton finds herself becoming a pawn after some pictures of her with Nick end up in the wrong hands. Jason's reaction to Lane and Dean's engagement causes a lot of concern. Nick ends up getting a new job. Reese finds out about the part that Tom played in getting her drug charges dropped.
Dean and Lane are able to hit it big at Veronica's charity auction. Brian makes it clear that his engagement to Peyton is over. Edward's senatorial campaign has a media leak. Reese's fantasies with Nick end up becoming reality.
Dean is shocked to learn details about Lane's past after a man she knew in New York arrives in town. Nick attempts to helps Reese plug the leak on Edward's election committee. An amorous Charles attempts to help Peyton deliver a birthday surprise for his wife. A prominent resident is targeted by death threats.
Edward campaigns to try and persuade Reese that Nick is just after her money. Lane's work with Terry unnerves Dean. Peyton ends up being snagged in her own trap after she attempts to secure a loan from Charles. Tom recognizes Veronica's assassination ruse. The riverboat's new owner and Reese end up being involved in a deadly revenge plot that goes awry.
Tom attempts to clear his name over any involvement in the riverboat fire. Lane's innocent kiss with Terry infuriates Dean. Peyton blocks Nick's funding for his part of the boat. Edward loses Reese as an employee after she meets a shady character on her father's payroll.
Peyton plots to keep Reese from Nick and his fortune. Wheeler is reunited with his daughter. Reese discovers her mother's dying wish. Lane clashes with her publisher on a story over the closing of a Burton factory.
Reese manages to get hands on her mother's lost will-giving her half of Burton Industries. Nick spends a steamy night alone with Peyton. Lane's story on Edward sees her and Dean in danger. Cassie starts to exploit her roommates for information on the Burton family. Reese clashes with Veronica.
Shocked about Nick and Reese's reunion, Peyton finds herself turning to Tom. Lane continues to investigate Burton Industries and also takes more pills. Reese makes herself the company's new partner. Cassie's sting at the River Run factory collapses, leaving her father in danger.
Eleanor is given some tragic news while dealing with the fallout from the scam. Nick interrupts Tom's evening with Reese. Lane takes some illegal steps to feed her growing addiction. Cassie begins a new career. A proposal ends up being made to stop Edward and a grieving Eleanor from testifying against each other.
Edward's union with Eleanor leaves the women in his life really shocked. Lane's mood swings intensify. Cassie's singing career hits a snag. Peyton moves in on Nick, who finds himself single when Reese finds out about his deadly past dealings. Veronica manages to gets herself a new vengeful partner in crime.
It is Lane and Dean's wedding day and Peyton leaves for a close encounter with Nick. Edward and Veronica nearly get caught up in a steamy engagement of their own. Lane attempts to numb her cold feet by mixing drugs and alcohol.
Lane's addiction gets worse following her friends' intervention. Second Chances gets a new leader. Dean ends up getting an arrogant new partner. Madeleine meets a new "Reese," who manages to stop Veronica's plot to expose Tom's past. Cassie secures backing for her album and later sees Benny's true colors. Dean finally gets Lane to look for help.
Reese ends up getting more than she bargained for during a romantic getaway with Tom after drinking. Lane looks for help in kicking her drug habit and gets a sponsor who turns out to be problem for Dean. Veronica and Nick out into motion their plan to destroy the new Burton regime.
The Massicks decide to to annul their marriage until family and friends persuade them to give the marriage a chance. Lane's new job sends her after a sex-scandal story involving Senator Burton. Wheeler attempts to play cupid for Sam. Peyton tricks Nick into getting a roommate.
Sonny Lee announces her tie to Nick's family which Tom and Peyton attempt to sever. Lane and Cassie attempt to unite their feuding men. Rita tells Edward the "truth" about who was behind the pictures. Reese ends up getting a nasty piece of post. Peyton's latest scam backfires. The Burton marriage is under pressure again.
Peyton attempts to reunite Nick with his father. Sonny Lee attempts to get back into Martin's good books. A vengeful Reese attempts to make those pay who have played her for a fool. Dean and Cassie are thrown by Sam's behavior. Edward attempts expose Veronica for the liar that she is. Two women attempt to gain control of the Corelli fortune and its legal heir.
Sam's sobriety iis tested test after he talks about his tortured past. Reese makes Tom an unhappy married man. Veronica and the Burtons are involved in a showdown. Nick's inheritance sends one woman packing as another moves into his apartment. Lane attempts to help a friend.
Veronica escapes to Barbados, where she ends up being intercepted. Reese manages to strike a final blow against her enemies as she, Tom, Peyton and Nick decide to have a lavish double wedding.
Sam's past sees Cassie being put in danger. Edward attempts to clear his name. One couple find their honeymoon plans being altered whilst another winds up at the altar.