16-year-old Chelsea is a full-blown heroin addict. Battling feelings of abandonment and depression, she shoots up as many as a dozen times a day. Josh arranges for an emotional reunion between Chelsea and a very influential person from her past.
17-year-old Jacob is a thief, a liar, and has been abusing alcohol and marijuana for 2 years. Counting down the days until their son turns 18, Josh must convince Jacob's parents that Jacob still needs unconditional love, or else they'll kick him out.
17-year-old Samm smokes marijuana, drives high, snorts painkillers, has unprotected sex and is failing out of school. But Samm knows she is screwing up her own life--in fact, it was Samm who contacted Josh for help. Her parents are completely in the dark.
16-year-old Asmara smokes marijuana, takes Ecstasy, drinks to the point of blacking out and disappears for weeks at a time. Not seeing eye-to-eye with her North African father, Josh makes Asmara spend a winter night on the streets with a homeless person.
14-year-old Lexi drinks, smokes marijuana, abuses over-the-counter drugs, takes ecstasy, goes to all-night raves and disappears for days at a time. Since Lexi says she doesn't care if she dies, Josh forces her to confront death in a raw, unglamorous way.
19-year-old Ashley is addicted to heroin, which she repeatedly overdoses, and methamphetamine. Josh enlists the help of a special effects makeup artist to give Ashley a glimpse into her future if she continues to use meth.
15-year-old Dayne is a gun-carrying, drug dealing thug who loves to smoke marijuana, fight, rob people, and steal from cars. Josh assigns Dayne one of the most gut-wrenching tasks yet: spend a full 24 hours in the hell that could easily become his future.