Nathan's NBA career is threatened by explosive scandal. Haley faces a family tragedy. Brooke thinks she's found true love with Julian - until a Hollywood hottie decides he's just her type. Dan leaves the slammer for the media spotlight and a sexy young wife. Millie spirals into self-destruction, breaking Mouth's heart.
A year has passed since Lucas and Peyton left Tree Hill, and the Tree Hill gang move forward after achieving their goals. Nathan has completed his first year in the NBA, Haley has taken over Red Bedroom Records, and Brooke continues to run Clothes Over Bro's while moving forward in her relationship with Julian.
While recording her new album, Haley must work to save Red Bedroom Records and enlists Mia's help to do so. Meanwhile, Brooke, with Millicent's help, searches for the new face of her clothing line; Clay defends Nathan as the scandal continues to grow; Julian and Brooke decide to move in together; and Dan returns to Tree Hill with a new bride in tow.
While Clay and Nathan are at odds over how to handle the worsening scandal, Haley begins to doubt Nathan and believe that Renee's accusations may be true. Quinn and Brooke put together a photo shoot, and Mouth goes to the next level in his battle with Skills. Meanwhile, Alex makes Julian an offer.
Nathan’s (James Lafferty) scandal becomes public. Brooke’s (Sophia Bush) fashion show brings an unexpected responsibility for Millicent (Lisa Goldstein), and Haley (Bethany Joy Lenz) convinces Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) to talk to her estranged husband David (guest-star Scott Holroyd”). Meanwhile, Mouth (Lee Norris) makes a decision that could threaten his career.
Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) is thrust into the spotlight and storm of Nathan’s (James Lafferty) growing scandal. Against her better judgement, Brooke (Sophia Bush) allows Julian (Austin Nichols) to continue working with Alex (Jana Kramer “Entourage”). Millicent (Lisa Goldstein) gets a new job, which may cause trouble for Mouth (Lee Norris). Meanwhile, Clay (Robert Buckley) and Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) grow closer.
Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) considers taking matters into her own hands as Nathan’s (James Lafferty) scandal threatens his endorsement deals. Julian (Austin Nichols) gives Alex (guest star Jana Kramer) another chance, and Brooke (Sophia Bush) reconnects with Chase (guest star Stephen Colletti). Millicent (Lisa Goldstein) questions whether she has what it takes to be a model. Meanwhile, Clay (Robert Buckley) lets Quinn (Shantel VanSanten) in on a big secret.
Dan brings Renee onto his television show, leaving Nathan and Haley powerless to stop him from revealing the truth of her pregnancy to the world. Quinn examines what went wrong with David, and Sara and Clay discuss their past. Meanwhile, Brooke comes clean with Julian about her true desires.
Julian agrees to a weekend camping trip but struggles to fit in with Nathan and the guys. Back in Tree Hill, Brooke and Haley spend Girl’s Night doing a little bonding of their own, and Quinn helps Clay come to terms with a tragic loss. Meanwhile, Dan and Rachel’s past catches up to them.
Haley returns to the stage and Brooke receives life-changing news. Meanwhile, Dan Scott returns to Tree Hill much to the chagrin of Nathan, who is about to sign a new NBA contract with the help of his agent Clay.
Nathan reaches the breaking point with Clay, causing a rift between Haley and Quinn. Brooke comes clean with Julian about her worries regarding his growing connection to Alex. Meanwhile, Skills pursues a new career in LA and Millicent’s drug problem worsens.
Nathan and Haley’s careers bring about a tough decision for the family, and Julian divulges a secret to Alex that leads to a confrontation with Brooke. Meanwhile, Clay tries to resuscitate his career as an agent, and Jamie learns the truth about Skills’ new job. And a fresh-from-jail Millie finds an unlikely supporter in Victoria.
As Nathan and Haley prepare for the family’s move to Barcelona, Brook struggles to accept Julian’s reaction to Alex’s crisis. Quinn helps Clay hatch a plan to win back Nathan as a client. Meanwhile, Millie’s downward spiral puts her and Mouth at a crossroads, and Dan Scott’s pronouncement shocks Rachel and his audience.
The Scott family joins Haley on the last leg of her tour, while Brook and Julian reconnect after their 6-week break. Clay and Quinn try to figure out how to move forward after his public declaration of love, and a post-rehab Alex tries to make amends with herself and the people she's let down.
Nathan tries to keep Haley calm after Taylor shows up at their house with Quinn’s ex-husband in tow. Julian sticks up for Alex on the set of their movie, and Brooke leans on Alexander to ease her heartache. Meanwhile, Clay gets a chance to prove his commitment to Quinn by helping her through a dinner with her sister and David.
In the chaos surrounding an 80's alumni dance at the high school, Haley's birthday is forgotten, Jamie is left home alone, and Nathan and Clay are stranded 200 miles from Tree Hill. Meanwhile, Brooke's appearance at the dance with Alexander forces Julian to relive his dorky adolescence in an episode dedicated to the memory of John Hughes.
Brooke and Julian try to find a balance between their personal lives and work as the movie shoot begins. Nathan and Haley receive a surprise visit, and Clay supports Quinn as she faces some unexpected news., Alex sets her sights on Alexander, and Millicent finds herself struggling with temptation.
Nathan tries to help Haley and Jamie confront Lydia's seemingly hopeless situation, while Brooke and Julian navigate their volatile relationship in the midst of a hectic movie shoot. Meanwhile, Clay and Quinn spend some time apart, and Miranda tries to prove to Grubbs that she's the right person to produce his album.
As Brooke angrily deals with Alexs tryst with Julian, Lydias condition worsens, prompting Quinn and Haley to try to reconnect with Taylor. Clay is forced to deal with Katies unsettling advances, and Nathan helps Jamie come to terms with Lydias impending death.
On the eve of Quinn’s big gallery opening, an uninvited guest ambushes Clay. Nathan spends the day with Jamie, while Haley struggles with life after her mother’s passing. Brooke and Julian each receive a shocking surprise. Meanwhile, Skills learns the truth about Lauren and Mouth.
Nathan and Haley struggle with the aftermath of her mother's death, while Brooke deals with the fallout of Alexander's tryst with Victoria. Alex discovers a secret about her leading man, Josh, that could derail Julian's film, and Clay is confronted by an unhinged Katie.
Nathanstruggles to reach an increasingly despondent Haley, while Quinn leads Jamie on a Tree Hill treasure hunt. Julian shows his finished film to Brooke, and Clay is forced to deal with a deranged Katie.
Haley tries to overcome her depression by joining Nathan, Jamie and the rest of the Tree Hill gang on a trip to Utah for the premiere of Julian's film.