Set in New York City (specifically the borough of Manhattan), this animated series tells the story of thirteen-year-old Jake Long who must balance ordinary adolescent transformation with the amazing power and ability to change into the form of a dragon. When he eventually unlocks his full potential and turns into the American Dragon, he will overcome obstacles to protect the magical creatures living in the city, but as his ordinary self, Jake Long can't conquer his huge romantic crush on the pretty blond schoolmate Rose who, unbeknownst to Jake, has a dark, magical secret of her own. She's a natural dragon slayer named Huntsgirl, a member of the Huntsclan that slay dragons. Jake navigates the city with fellow skateboarders Trixie Carter and Arthur P. Spuddinski (A.K.A Spud), and when he gets home, it's to an extended family: a businessman dad originally from the Midwest who doesn't know he's married into a family of dragons from his Chinese wife named Susan. Jake's maternal grandfather Laoshi (who recently immigrated to train his grandson in the magical, mystical ways of the ancient dragons), younger seven-year-old sister Haley (a nascent dragon), and Grandpa's gruff sidekick, a magical Shar-Pei named Fu Dog.