Every high school has a pecking order, and Kennedy High is no exception. Edgy teen journalist Sam McPherson proudly accepts her position in the "out" crowd, while her polar opposite, Brooke McQueen, is a picture-perfect cheerleader who struggles with the pressure to be flawless. Though Sam secretly longs to climb the ranks, she resents the popular kids for their elitist attitude, and spends her time waffling between hating them and wishing she were one of them. When Sam and her friends crash a party at Brooke's the bomb finally drops: Sam's mom and Brooke's dad are engaged! So begins round one of the war between the outcasts and the créme de la créme of Kennedy High.