Brooke Davis and Peyton Sawyer are best friends since childhood. Haley James is the intelligent and simple-minded best friend of Lucas Scott. Lucas's half-brother Nathan hated him and used Haley to annoy him. Haley and Nathan eventually fell in love. Haley formed a friendship with Nathan's ex-girlfriend, Peyton Sawyer who helped Haley with her feelings for Nathan. Through Peyton, Haley also became friends with Brooke Davis, Peyton's best friend. Brooke and Peyton are the school's prettiest and most popular girls. Haley starts spending time with them and they form a group.
After the wedding of Nathan and Haley, Brooke and Peyton throw Haley a post-wedding bachelorette party. Brooke and Peyton start spending time with Haley individually. Haley gets an opportunity to go on a music tour, which she does which angers Nathan and Peyton. Brooke and Lucas persuade Haley to come back but she refuses. Nathan has an accident which forces Haley to come back but is shocked to see Nathan's rude behaviour towards her. Nathan and Haley's relationship becomes strained.