Aboriginal hip-hop artist Jack Sinclair (Bronson Pelletier) and his best friend Zoey Jones (multiple Gemini Award winner Ksenia Solo) established an underground ezine called renegadepress.com. What started as a pet project soon took on a life of its own pushing Jack, Zoey and their crew of renegade reporters to deliver the goods on what’s really going on in the lives of today’s teens. Ripped from the headlines, the series’ storylines are inspired by events experienced by today’s youth.
Crystal finds that her best friend, Monica, has been acting strangely lately and tries to figure out what’s wrong with her. Michael speculates that due to her sudden mood swings and new boyfriend, Monica may be into Crystal Meth. Crystal tries to save her friend from the grip of this dangerous drug before it’s too late. Meanwhile Sandi turns to milder chemical solutions to help him with other physical appearance concerns.
When deportation looms over Emilio, a new student from Guatemala Zoey and Melanie help create awareness so that he can continue to work and send money to his family. Meanwhile Alex, another new student from Toronto, is befriended by Patti, who soon realizes that being kind to the new girl doesn’t always lead to friendship.
Sandi tries to understand the developing teen brain and the effect of love on it when he falls hard for Charlotte, the drummer in a local punk band. In an attempt to impress her, Sandi auditions as a guitar player and actually gets the gig. Jack questions Zoey about the possibility of taking their relationship to the next level and Oscar, provoked by some of Sandi’s heterosexual assumptions, lets Sandi know about his own sexual persuasions.
When their mother suddenly asks for Jack and Crystal to come visit her on the reserve, questions are asked regarding her intentions. Jack hasn’t been out there for years and Crystal doesn’t remember much of rez life other than her mother’s alcohol addiction. Upon arrival, their mother reveals some devastating news and helps Jack come to terms with a secret he’s been keeping since he left the reserve.
Alex seeks Zoey’s help to find the truth about her father. Meanwhile Zoey is having trouble adjusting to the news of a new sibling. When Zoey helps Alex make a startling discovery about her past, the girls take a road trip to Calgary that reveals more about Alex than the girls bargained for.
When Sandi’s parents go out of town for the weekend he’s excited to have Charlotte stay over for the night. However, the plans get put on hold almost indefinitely when an impromptu and wild party breaks out instead. Jack, whose dad is out for the night, is looking forward to having Zoey stay over. That is, until they are unexpectedly interrupted by a visitor from the past.
When a mass email is sent from Melanie’s account criticizing Alex, she has to act fast to prove to everybody that she wasn’t the one who actually sent it. Zoey is caught in the tension between an old friend and a new one. Meanwhile, Monica returns to school from detox.
In an effort to protest gay bashing at their school Oscar and his gay friend Nathan, decide to show go to the school dance together. The only problem is that Patti isn’t too keen on sharing her boyfriend with another guy. Sandi, meanwhile, tries to find a way to spend the evening with Charlotte despite being grounded.
When a beautiful but violent story is sent anonymously to renegadepress.com, Jack and Zoey have different opinions about whether it’s a great piece of literature or a real threat against the school. When Zoey discovers the identity of the writer she has to decide whether to stand by the author or turn him in to the police. Meanwhile Alex has to decide whether to believe the story her father tells her of his thirteen-year absence, or the more disturbing version of events offered by her mother.