Four months after the tragic car accident in which the parents of 17-year-old Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and her 15-year-old brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) are dying are still trying to cope with sadness and move forward. At the beginning of the new school year, Elena and her friends are fascinated by the new handsome and mysterious pupil Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). Stefan and Elena immediately pay attention, Elena has no idea that Stefan is a vampire trying to live peacefully among people. His brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is the personification of violence and brutality. Two brothers are waging war for the soul of Elena and her friends, family and residents of the small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia.