Major upheaval in the lives of several characters is coming especially for Laurel (KRISTIN KREUK). Refusing to leave Mark (DOMINIC ZAMPROGNA) and accompany her parents on a move to the States, she rebels and stays in Edgemont, thus facing the daunting prospect of living on her own, at the age of 17. The decision brings Mark and Laurel closer than ever, but also presents strains and challenges that neither of them could have expected – including a rival for Laurel’s attentions, in the form of a self-serving film student (JOHN HENRY REARDON). As he deals with this Mark must also grapple with further upheaval in his own family.
Meanwhile, Jennifer (SARAH LIND) can’t believe she’s gravitating toward a relationship with the cocky and abrasive Chris (P.J. PRINSLOO) – all the more so since she knows it will spark a volcanic reaction from her loose-cannon older brother Derek (JEREMY GUILBAULT). Anika (VANESSA KING) revels in her new role as the least-likely school president in the history of A.C. McKinley Secondary, but lets power go to her head, with alarming (and comic) results. Gil (RICHARD KAHAN) rededicates himself to finding some way to impress some girl (any girl) before the school year ends; Kat (MEGAN BLACK) allows herself to get enmeshed in an on-line relationship with consequences nobody could have imagined; arch-slacker Kevin (CHAS HARRISON) sets his sights on the Guinness Book of World Records; and Shannon (GRACE PARK) wrestles silently with huge questions about her sexual identity.