Jax's journey begins with two discoveries; his son's harrowing premature birth by Wendy Case, his crank-addicted ex-wife, and the discovery of a life-altering document written by his father who died fourteen years earlier. Drea De Matteo stars as Wendy, whose behavior falls short of what Gemma deems "motherly." Maggie Siff stars as Tara Knowles, Jax's high school sweetheart. We discover that Tara has a darker motive for seeking out Jax's love and trust other than the health of his son.
An explosive introduction to the world of the 'Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original Charter' or SAMCROW (Sam Crow) as it is known. They oversee everything that happens in the small town of Charming, population 14679, but they are not adverse at bending the law for their own gains.
This pilot episode starts with a bang, well a very big bang. A warehouse utilised by SAMCRO to manufacturer illegal weapons, is targeted by another gang. They steal all of the stock, which is awaiting shipment to some rather nasty characters, and torch the warehouse.
Enter the President of SAMCRO Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) and the Vice President Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) to survey the damage. They want to keep a lid on things and keep the local law out of the picture. But things are complicated when two of their illegal staff, are found dead in the warehouse.
Clay is furious and wants his guns back at all costs. Jax on the other hand is becoming somewhat disillusioned with the violent aspect of the gang. This is further enforced when he finds some of his fathers journals, one of the original founders of SAMCRO. It appears his fathers vision for the club may not be what the club has now become.
Jax has other problems to contend with though, his crack addicted ex wife Wendy gives birth to his son prematurely. The child is born with a genetic heart defect and a tear in his abdomen. The latter being caused by Wendy's continuing drug habit.
As the club deals with the aftermath of their illegal arms warehouse attack, the Deputy Chief of Police poses a new threat to Samcro's reign over Charming. Jax continues to worry about the fate of his newborn son and begins to question the club's rough way of doing business. Opie's financial struggles leave him with a difficult choice.
When the young daughter of a prominent Charming family is assaulted during a visiting carnival, Samcro races the authorities to capture the assailant. Meanwhile a new shipment of guns arrives from their IRA connection with an additional price. Tara's ex-boyfriend arrives in Charming.
The club travels to Nevada to store arms with a brother club The Devil's Tribe. When the Mayans pose a threat, Clay decides to patch-over the tribe, making them an official SOA charter. Tara's ex, ATF agent Kohn begins investigating Samcro.
Gemma hosts a town fundraiser, which brings the ex club member who was responsible for Opie's arrest back to town and into direct conflict with Jax and Opie. Clay deals with protecting a perverse parolee who can lead to a big payoff. ATF agent Kohn continues to investigate SOA.
A small favor for Pineys old war buddy turns into a big problem for SAMCRO. With Clay detained, Jax must step-up to handle the situation. Meanwhile, Gemma deals with the pangs of aging and the arrival of a familiar sweetbutt whose intentions are unclear.
When old bones are discovered on the outskirts of Charming, Clay is forced to deal with secrets he buried long ago. Meanwhile, the club sets its sights on prize money, backing Half-Sack in a bare-knuckle brawl. ATF agent Kohn's investigation turns personal when his true intentions are revealed.
With the IRA gun payment looming, Samcro scrambles to come up with the cash. The Mayans and Nords take a drastic step in strengthening their alliance. And Jax finds himself in a dangerous position with Tara.
SAMCRO plans retaliation on a rival biker club while dealing with a wounded Cameron Hayes in the clubhouse. Meanwhile, Jax, Bobby, and Opie aim to put an end to the gun debt for good.
With ATF agent Stahl pressing the women of SAMCRO, Jax sees Chief Unser as the key to the club's salvation. Tara still reels from the Kohn situation. And Cherry reveals some interesting information about her past to Gemma.
When one SOA member is arrested for murder and another goes missing, Jax must choose between friendship and the club. Meanwhile, Abel grows stronger and is soon to be released from the NICU, but he's not the only one coming home.
In need of cash to fund Bobby's defense, Clay's solution leaves SAMCRO in a vulnerable position. What's supposed to be a happy homecoming for Abel ends in more turmoil for the club.
In the wake of a great tragedy, the club must reevaluate their bonds of brotherhood.