Guts settles in with the Band of the Hawk, and Griffith shows him his Behelit. Guts remembers his childhood, being raised by his adoptive father and mentor Gambino. Three years pass and the Band of the Hawk grow in power and numbers.
Guts is now a commander in Griffith's army, and is taking risks in battle. Griffith is knighted as a viscount in the Midland court to the nobles' dismay. Guts saves the Hawks in battle, to Casca's chagrin.
Though he and Guts are still injured from their encounter with Nosferatu Zodd, Griffith uses it to get closer to the King and his daughter Charlotte. Guts and some of the Hawks feel that Griffith is pulling away from them.
Griffith and Guts continue to have success in battle and Griffith is made a count. General Yurius is furious about this, and the minister Foss plants the idea of murder in his mind. The plan is to shoot Griffith with a poison arrow during an upcoming hunt.
The commander of the Blue Whale Knights and his crew find Guts and Casca. Though completely outnumbered, Guts tells Casca to run and stays to fight. Some men go after Casca, catching her and holding her down in order to rape her. Guts continues fighting.
Guts and Casca are rescued by Judo and his men, and after being treated for their injuries Casca learns of Guts true feelings of being in the Band of the Hawk. And what he plans to do after the war is over.
The conspirators of Griffiths assassination revel in their victory, but how long will it last whenever the plan goes awry. And what will Casca and the Hawk do when Guts makes a decision that will shake them to the core.
As the Band of Hawk mourn over their leaders crippling state, Guts makes plans to leave once more with Casca and his men in company. But will his plan change when he learns of Casca's decision to not leave Griffith?