Iris McBride, 17, and her boyfriend Lawrence Parker, are walking down a block in an East L.A. neighborhood minding their own business when a car pulls up alongside them and the Hispanic teens inside begin harassing them. The young couple tries to ignore their taunting, but when the guy in the car pulls out a Mac-10 and starts spraying bullets everywhere, Lawrence springs into action and jumps in front of Iris, taking several bullets for her. It's bad enough for Iris that her boyfriend has just been shot almost to death, but the fact that the shooters were members of one of the most dangerous gangs in the country makes matters much worse-not only for Iris but also for her entire family.
Five hours later, Mary and Marshall have arrived in Los Angeles to transport the McBride family to Albuquerque, who haven't yet been told that they'll have about ten minutes to gather up their belongings and leave their lives behind-immediately. Her father, Warren McBride, a successful doctor, is livid when he learns that just because his daughter disobeyed him and went to the wrong part of town, he has to give up his successful medical practice that he worked so hard and long to build. Mary assures them that things will get better, but that's hard for them to believe when they'll have to move to Albuquerque to live on a government stipend in "Casa WITSEC" until their finances can be sorted out and the only job that the haughty Doctor McBride can get is at a free clinic-and that's only possible because Marshall pulled a few strings.
Mary certainly knows what to do to keep Iris safe when she has to return to Los Angeles to ID the suspect, but what Mary's not so confident about is how she's going to keep the now "Morris" from falling apart, or worse, getting themselves killed.
Meanwhile-back in her own hot mess of a personal life-Mary's trying to get back into some kind of rhythm with Raphael, which isn't easy when your younger (and sluttier-dressing) sister is trying to move in on your territory. And especially when said younger sister catches another woman answering her own boyfriend Chuck's phone...