Emily manufactures a meet-cute with Daniel by 'accidentally' spilling
her drink on him at a party.
Prior to dating Emily, Daniel was seeing Sara Munello, a cocktail waitress.
His parents didn't approve and after an argument with his mother he drove Sara home drunk, crashed into a power pole and broke her spine. His parents pulled a lot of strings to get him out of trouble, and in return he promised not to see Sara again.
"My parents covered Sara's medical bills and set her up so she wouldn't have to worry, paid a judge off to keep me out of jail, and in return, I had to swear I'd never see her again."
Emily convinces him to visit Sara in rehab and explain why he disappeared from her life after the accident, to give them both closure.
"I share a last name with the CEO. You'd think I'd have less to prove, not more." - Daniel Grayson
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Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman) is Victoria and Conrad's son, and an all-American boy of privilege.
Daniel's life embodies all that comes with being the firstborn of a wealthy family - high expectations to succeed, partnered with a penchant for getting into any and all trouble his family can buy his way out of.
But when his party-boy ways culminated in a messy drunk driving accident the previous summer, Daniel's free-pass was revoked by his parents and replaced with stricter boundaries and even higher expectations.
Now Daniel has returned to the Hamptons after a semester at Harvard Business School, struggling to face the demons of his past and reimagine the life he wants to live and the man he wants to be.
In this fragile state, Daniel's unable to resist Emily Thorne's beauty, kindness, and wise counsel, unaware that he is the entry she's counting on to infiltrate and bring down the Grayson family.