The plot line of the television series “Higher Ground” is that Peter Scarbrow, a former Wall Street mogul, becomes the headmaster of Mount Horizon, a progressive and therapeutic boarding school for at-risk teens in the mountains of the Northwestern United States. The students at Mount Horizon brave failures, triumphs and difficulties as they struggle with abuse, disorders and addiction.
In the show “Higher Ground,” the Mount Horizon school is 25 miles away from the nearest town. The series focuses on the “Cliffhangers,” a group of teens working to overcome their fears and face life’s trials and tribulations. The students receive a high school education in addition to engaging in outdoor activities. The show incorporates action sequences, romances and friendships. The students and teachers find the world of Mount Horizon to be a safe haven from their turbulent home lives.
The show “Higher Ground” addresses issues such as sexual, verbal and physical abuse, drug use, depression, self-mutilation and gang violence. Its characters also address child neglect and attempted suicide. Some of the show’s main characters are the 16-year-old football star Scott Barringer, who was abused by his stepmother, the daughter of abusive parents Shelby Merrick, an African-American girl adopted by white parents named Katherine Ann Cabot, reputed tagger Augusto “Auggie” Ciceros and drug user Ezra Friedkin.