Following his parents' tragic death, 24-year-old Charlie Salinger (Matthew Fox) is back at home – and in over his head – as his siblings' legal guardian. Wary of Charlie's judgment, 16-year-old Bailey (Scott Wolf) takes on the responsibilities of the family's finances and ground rules. As 15-year-old Julia (Neve Campbell) faces a confusing time in her life in her search for independence, talented 11-year-old violinist Claudia (Lacey Chabert) helps Bailey hold the family together. Together they share the responsibility of taking care of 11-month-old Owen. Through it all, as they learn to run their parents' restaurant, manage disastrous relationships and school problems, and finally come face-to-face with the man who killed their mom and dad, the Salingers know that in order to survive, they must help each other.