Marshall was a wreck after DeShaun's death. Dealing with his depression by eating, drinking, and using. After he overdoses in December 2007, he starts a gruelling self-detox, in the hopes of finally getting clean. Because of mistreating his body, he has gained a tremendous amount of weight. He is looking for a person who can motivate him and help shed the pounds. Essence Turner, a personal trainer from Sterling Heights, goes to an ice skating rink with her best friend Kaira. There, they run into Nate, his girlfriend Liz, Alaina, Hailie, and Whitney. After a lot of thought and convincing from Nate, Marshall decides to hire Essence as his trainer. She gradually helps him regain his confidence and self-esteem. So will love blossom, or will their relationship remain strictly business?