In the first chapter the Westen family is at the funeral of the father, John Westen. Hallie the oldest was sobbing, but Grace was not, all she could think about was pie! John was married to a lady named Portia, who is Grace's stepmother. There were 3 kids overall, Hallie, the oldest, Grace, the middle child, and the baby Dash. After the funeral, Portia uprooted the family and took them to Beverly Hills, where they are forced to move into a relative's guest house. Hallie and Grace have to rebuild their lives here in Beverly Hills to fit in with the crowd.