She is born following a one-night stand between Nate Fisher and Lisa Kimmel Fisher, which leads to them getting married. However, when Lisa goes missing Nate is left to care for his daughter alone with the help of his family and he later receives the grim news that Lisa's body has been found washed up on a beach. It is implied that she was murdered by her brother-in-law Hoyt, although this is never confirmed.
Following Nate's death, Brenda is given custody of Maya but when she learns that he had an affair with George Sibley's daughter prior to his death she hands over custody of Maya to Ruth Fisher so that she can process her grief. Maya moves back in with Brenda after the latter gives birth to her half-sister Willa and is eventually fully adopted by Brenda. She is seen celebrating her sister's first birthday, as a little girl at Keith and David's wedding and as a woman in her twenties at Ruth's funeral and Claire's wedding.