By Marc Snetiker
Updated June 11, 2014 at 03:00 PM EDT

MTV is taking its high school programming to more dramatic heights with its newest series, Finding Carter. Unlike the network’s other teen shows — including the sci-fi spookfest Teen Wolf and the raunchy comedy Awkward — this one is a hard and true family drama. And a tearjerker, at that.

The series stars Kathryn Prescott as Carter Stevens, a teenager who gets involved in a tiny legal snafu and subsequently finds out that her ‘mother’ abducted her as a child. Her real parents are the Wilsons (Lost‘s Cynthia Watros and Angel’s Alexis Denisof). The show follows Carter (real name: Linden) as she struggles to reconnect with her biological family while also reconciling her idea of the woman who raised her.

Watch the trailer for the network’s drama — which premieres July 8 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV — below: