Kazutoyo's loyal retainer Goto Kichibei resolves to redeem his master's honor by being the first to break through the enemy castle. Hideyoshi returns home triumphant, but the power struggle to replace Oda Nobunaga begins. Kazutoyo is reprimanded by Hideyoshi for his carelessness. Hideyoshi rewards his retainers with land, castle and an increase in stipends, except for Kazutoyo who receives only a small raise. Kazutoyo's raise causes his comrade-in-arms and closest friends to keep their distance.
Rather than concentrating on the grand spectacle of the period, the show focuses on the relationship between husband and wife through those tumultuous and turbulent times, with the wars as a more of a backdrop. Kazutoyo confesses his infidelity to Chiyo, causing her to leave him and stay with her aunt and uncle. Chiyo agrees to look after Kanbe's son. Unable to console her husband, Chiyo seeks the advice of Kazutoyo's mother. Kazutoyo is rewarded with a pay raise and hires new retainers and servants.
Hideyoshi has Kazutoyo and his retainers lay siege to one of Nobunaga's retainers. She's also afraid to express her feelings for her colleague that she's been harboring a crush on, Bai Hai. Chiyo gives Kazutoyo the money given by her uncle on her wedding to buy the horse. Nobunaga rejoices at his reunion with his sister Lady Ichi, but secretly orders the death of her son, the heir to the Azai House. Oda Nobunaga is at the height of his power and showing every sign of being corrupted by it. The mysterious Rokuheita reappears and tells Kazutoyo that Nobunaga's harsh rule is coming to an end, and that Kazutoyo should rebel against Nobunaga. At the battle of Anegawa in 1570, during a savage battle in the middle of a river Kazutoyo is knocked off his horse and disappears under the waters.
Chiyo is the brave and resourceful wife of Yamauchi Kazutoyo, a samurai in the service of the ruthless warlord Oda Nobunaga. At a banquet for Tokugawa Ieyasu, Nobunaga insults and humiliates Mitsuhide. With only a few bodyguards and his wife Lady Noh by his side Oda Nobunaga makes his final stand as Honno-ji Temple burns. Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeats his powerful rival Shibata Katsuie at the Battle of Shizugatake. Despite his serious injury Kazutoyo volunteers to join Hideyoshi as rear guard to cover Nobunaga's retreat. Chiyo and Kazutoyo risks Nobunaga's wrath by hiding Kanbe's son. Korin treats Kazutoyo's wound and in a moment of weakness Kazutoyo shares his bed with Korin.
Chiyo is asked by Hideyoshi's wife Nene to be a teacher for Hideyoshi's nephew, and raise the boy as a samurai. Hideyoshi's wife Nene confides in Chiyo of Hideyoshi's womanizing. Chiyo learns that Yasutoyo was cared for by Akechi Mitsuhide's daughter Tama, who has returned from exile and is having difficulty adjusting to life back with her husband Hosokawa Tadaoki. Shinemon is asked to stay on as Kazutoyo's advisor. Husband and wife will live through the most turbulent time in Japanese history, Sengoku Jidai, the Age of Warring States. He was the first feudal lord of the fief of Tosa on the island of Shikoku.
By the time Kazutoyo returns home Yone has grown to a young girl who shies away from the father she has only met. Kazutoyo and his men are horrified and disgusted by the order, but have no choice and take part in the massacre as the temple burns to the ground. They will experience personal tragedies and triumphs and witness the rise and fall of titans. He sends Kanbe Kuroda as an emissary to mediate with another rebellious general. Nobunaga rewards Hideyoshi with the right to build the castle town of Nagahama. Chiyo is also shocked that the injured woman she helped was Lady Noh, Nobunaga's wife. Hideyoshi's wife Nene realizes that Lady Ichi's oldest daughter Chacha has become a rival for her husband's affection.
He is frequently at odds with his general Akechi Mitsuhide and ignores wise counsel. Kazutoyo returns from the horse fair to tell Chiyo of a magnificent horse coveted by everyone, but too expensive for anyone to buy. The mysterious Rokuheita, disguised as a ronin gunner, enlists as a retainer of the Yamauchi clan, bringing with him his young wife. Akechi Mitsuhide resolves to overthrow Oda Nobunaga. Kazutoyo suspects he is being punished for failing to save Lady Ichi. It tells the sweeping story of the Sengoku, or Warring, period of Japanese history through the eyes of Chiyo, the loyal wife of lord Kazutoyo Yamauchi.
Chiyo fears for Yone's future as children of samurai are used as political pawns by warlords like Hideyoshi and Nobunaga. Drama focuses on how the two characters help each other fix their own personal problems within their dreams and real lives. Kichibei plants the Yamauchi flag in the midst of the enemy but is struck down and dies in Kazutoyo's arms. Kazutoyo is tormented as he is given the gruesome task of overseeing the crucifixion. For saving Lady Ichi and her children from the fall of Odani castle Kazutoyo is rewarded with an increase in stipend. Though a dedicated and skilled warrior, throughout the series Kazutoyo comes to depend on his wife's cunning and resourcefulness to see him through much of the political intrigue of the time.