Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he'll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.
Jefferson Pierce is the principal of a successful high school... but nine years ago he was the masked vigilante Black Lightning until he promised to retire. Now the rise of The 100 in his city and their threats to his daughters means that Jefferson will have to break his promise and fight the crime in the streets.
After their abduction, Anissa seeks comfort in the arms of her lover while Jennifer starts drinking. Meanwhile, Jefferson realizes that he has to do more than just rescue his daughters if he wants to save his city, and Lynn fears that he's returning to his old ways.
Reverend Holt announces his intention to lead the people in a community street march. When Jeff and Gambi realize that Tobias plans to stop them--violently--they make plans to stop him. Meanwhile, Anissa meets a new woman, and Jennifer and Khalil plan to have sex.
After Lady Eve tells him to deal with Black Lightning, Tobias calls in his sister. Meanwhile, Jeff deals with the weight of the collateral damage caused by his vigilante activities and Anissa starts using her powers to do good.
Jeff trains Anissa in how to use her powers and become an effective vigilante. While they try to clear Black Lightning's name, Gambi meets with his old ASA boss and gets disturbing news. Meanwhile, Lynn learns that Alvin was doing a story on a vaccine tied to Green Light, and Jennifer realizes that she has superpowers.
Anissa tells Jennifer the truth about their powers and where they come from, creating a rift between Jennifer and her parents. Meanwhile, Gambi breaks into the ASA building and discovers part of their plan, and Black Lighting and Thunder learn where there ASA is manufacturing Green Light.
The ASA arrange for cops on their payroll to frame Jeff and arrest him so that the ASA can take him to a black site and determine if he's Black Lightning. Gambi and Anissa come up with a desperate plan to get Jeff free, while Bill starts asking questions.